It’s always interesting to get into the Mac vs. Windows debate as it relates to the Enterprise. For the longest time, the corporate IT stack was predominately Windows-based, but not any more. With the introduction of the iPhone and iPad, Apple has seen its reach within the enterprise slowly grow over the past few years.
A recent article in All Things D really helps highlight this point. In the article, technology distributor Tech Data is quoted saying that Apple sales are picking up:
Tech Data execs said that 12 percent of their revenue is Apple related, with the bulk generated by sales of Mac and iPad.
Now you’re saying, so what? 12 percent, that’s not significant. But it is, especially when you consider what Tech Data does. They distribute product into commercial channels (IE: Business channels). Products that leave their warehouse are destined for commercial resellers that sell product to businesses. This means that the penetration of Apple products within business is picking up.
Consider the fact that Tech Data isn’t the only distributor in North America. Add in other companies like Ingram Micro and Synnex and the numbers will start to add up.
There’s a reason why we continue to focus on Apple from a data security standpoint. We’ve had our SecureDoc for Mac in market for quite some time. Most recently, with SecureDoc 6.1 we introduced the ability to also manage FileVault 2.
People ask why we don’t manage Bitlocker, but have expanded our focus to include managing FileVault 2. The answer is simple, in the Windows environment, we feel SecureDoc is the best solution out there; it’s far more flexible and robust than Bitlocker. We’ve got Windows covered for customers.
As Apple grows in the enterprise, it means we have to adapt and adjust to customer’s needs. Support for FileVault 2 is part of that evolution to our offerings. It also means we offer customers the most CHOICE when looking at how to secure their Apple investments in the enterprise.