Cortado has introduced HTML5 compatibility to its Corporate Server product, which is used by organisations to provide desktop functionality on iPads, Androids or BlackBerry smartphones.

The HTML5 server extends the flexibility of the Corporate Server for IT organisations facing the growing Bring Your Own Device among their end users, allowing end users to share data and functionality, regardless of operating system platform.

“The era of the PC is giving way to the era of choice: choice in architecture, choice in work styles and choice in device types. This new era requires new thinking with respect to the processes, planning, usage models and even device ownership,” wrote Gartner analyst Stephen Kleynhans in a report Key Issues for Client Computing, 2011. The new product, launched today at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona, aims to address this issue, Cortado claims.

Cortado says the upgraded Corporate Server can allow enterprises to optimise functionality between their centralised IT resources and almost all devices, “ensuring the hybrid cloud is securely accessed by business users, as well as easily integrated into corporate IT environments regardless of device and OS platforms”.

“Cortado’s cloud desktop services with HTML5 offers a radical new approach to remote access that is faster and less consuming than other solutions because it uses the local intelligence and software licenses of the devices,” said Carsten Mickeleit, CEO of Cortado

The product promises enhanced control and security for enterprise IT organisations by avoiding the traditional “secure container” approach, which limits end users access rights to data and applications, and undermine the flexibility of BYOD devices are used. It also results in end users seeking to transfer data using cloud services outside the control of the IT department.

Security operates on three tiers, first, enhanced local encryption on the end-user’s device. Second, during transmission, HTML5 uses an SSL encrypted tunnel from the browser to the corporate server. Finally it allows the traditional IT department password requirements to access corporate apps and data.