Spurred on by mass-market consumer adoption of smartphones, bringing your own device into the workplace has become a mainstream phenomenon.

At its most basic level, this typically means setting up an iPhone or Android device to connect to an Exchange ActiveSync service, and using it to get corporate push mail, calendaring, and contacts—and also letting IT guys remotely wipe the phone should it get lost.

That’s just the tip of the BYOD iceberg, though. iOS supports the development and deployment of in-house applications that bypass the public store process, allowing not just e-mail but rich client applications to run on employee-owned devices. At the most extreme, even laptops and desktops can be brought into the workplace, using application virtualization or remote desktop and VDI to provide secure access to business applications.

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