Cloud Planning: Not Just for the Data Center
Most IT departments have concentrated their cloud planning efforts on the data center. But it’s extremely important for IT to understand the role of clients in delivering cloud services and applications. Moving to the cloud introduces security, performance, management, and user experience issues into your computing environment. The clients you choose to deploy in this new environment can help alleviate—or exacerbate—these issues. As a result, they have a direct impact on the success of your cloud initiatives. Your cloud infrastructure will, of course, need to accommodate many different kinds of clients, including PCs, smart phones, tablets, and more. This guide focuses on how you can use a particular type of PC client—an intelligent PC client—to resolve some of the challenges you will likely face as you move to a cloud infrastructure. The first section, “Improving Cloud Security, Performance, and Manageability Using Intelligent Clients,” discusses how you can use client capabilities available today. The second section, “Client-Aware Cloud,” discusses client capabilities that will be available in the near future to significantly improve IT flexibility and user experience. Defining “Intelligent Client” This guide frequently uses the term “intelligent client.” Intel defines an intelligent client as a client device that provides the following: Hardware-based security capabilities Advanced manageability Energy-efficient performance capabilities 3 Intel IT Center Planning Guide | Client Computing in the Cloud
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