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Planning Guide: Cloud Client Computing

Using intelligent clients to address security, performance, and manageability issues in your cloud environment

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Cloud Client Computing Planning Guide for IT Managers

Using Intelligent Clients to Address Security, Performance, and Manageability Issues in Your Cloud Environment

Why you should read this document:
• Deploy two-factor authentication and hardware-based protection to help enhance security.
• Boost system performance and improve the user experience with hardware-based support.
• Use remote control, diagnosis, and repair capabilities to simplify IT management.
• Understand the role of a client-aware cloud in achieving a balanced compute model.

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.

Read the full Cloud Client Computing Planning Guide.