All that said, that's my perspective as a user of the iPhone. As a network engineer running an enterprise network, it sort of scares the bejeezus out of me. To name a few of the obvious impacts:
the population of Apple devices on the network just went up exponentially
Safari is now used by a larger percentage of our users
we now have all these devices roaming around our wi-fi and VPN networks that we have literally no control of or visibility into
Now if you get creative, there are some things that you can do to start to monitor the presence and impact of these devices on your network. First off, all of the MAC addresses for the iPhones begin with 00:1b:63:ee:xx:xx. So, whether you're using the Orion or the tools in the Engineer's Toolset you can pretty quickly identify and start tracking these devices.
Several reports recently in Network World and other rags have pointed out issues related to iPhones on the corporate network, including the latest issue at Duke University. I haven't personally seen any isssues yet, other than lots of requests to help people configure Exchange on their devices.
Either way, the popularity of these devices is definitely causing lots of us to rethink our strategies around personally owned mobile device use on the corporate network. If you haven't run across this yet, get ready...
SolarWinds solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base in the THWACK® online community.
More than 150,000 members are here to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly
contribute to our product development process.
Learn more today by joining now.