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Hello again, everyone. This is Ed Jimison, Technology Evangelist with Intel IT.


In this blog entry I’ll talk about the 3 key pieces that make up the concept of device-independent mobility. As I described in my last post, device-independent mobility is about making my corporate apps and data available to me from a variety of devices, some of which aren’t managed or owned by IT.


The first key piece of the concept is the availability of a wide variety of devices for use. Most of us are pretty familiar with the capabilities of smartphones and tablet devices but it isn’t too far-fetched to envision reading your email on a hotel room television or having your calendar items read to you by your in-vehicle infotainment system as you’re driving down the highway. More and more interesting and capable devices will come to market, and they’ll intersect with all parts of our daily life.


The second key piece is the idea of separating the corporate applications and data from the personal applications and data. Even though the line between our corporate and personal stuff is blurring, the company still has to protect sensitive information, especially on devices that aren’t managed or secured by the company. This is where client virtualization technologies come into play. There’s a wide variety of virtualization tools all aimed at solving different challenges, e.g. desktop virtualization, application virtualization, workspace virtualization. What’s common across all of them is the abstraction of some IT service from the underlying device; a separation of corporate from the personal.


And thirdly, IT now becomes an enabler of device-independent mobility by providing services that enable the separation of corporate from personal. The IT organizations that lead will be those that re-think what their core competencies are around service delivery to client devices, and develop innovative ways to deliver, secure, and manage corporate information across the broad continuum of computing devices.

Check out the white paper that IT just released detailing some of the emerging client and cloud virtualization technologies that will help change how we’ll deliver services in the future:

Hello, everyone. I’m Ed Jimison, Technology Evangelist with Intel IT.


In this series of blog posts I’ll talk about the concept of device-independent mobility and how client virtualization technologies are key to making this concept a reality.


First of all, what do we mean by device-independent mobility? Remember way back when, in the nineties, when the term mobile client was starting to be used a lot in the industry? The mobile client was a new approach to desktop computing; take the desktop that was fixed to… well, your desk’s top, add a rechargeable battery and an ethernet dongle, and voila, you had a mobile client. People didn’t want to be tethered to the desk anymore. They wanted to take the computer and information with them, and this was the first step toward enabling this.


Now, fast-forward to the present. We’ve made huge strides in mobile technology and it’s only going to get better. Device-independent mobility is similar in concept to the mobile client but it takes it up a notch or two. The central idea is that as a corporate employee I can now access my IT services, applications, and data from any device, anytime, anywhere. Whether I’m sitting in the waiting room with an elderly parent waiting for the late doctor, or sitting on my couch watching the baseball scores, I would be able to get to the important services I need using whatever device I had access to at that moment. It’s making my corporate world mobile and, most importantly, allowing it to be available to me from a variety of devices.


So remember that device-independent mobility isn’t about working more hours. It’s about making it easier to get access to whatever information you need as you go about your busy day. . Intel envisions a Compute Continuum that provides a seamless, consistent experience across devices. It makes sense to include IT applications and services as part of this continuum. We’ve already started big with email and calendar access on personally owned devices. The next challenge is to take our services to in-vehicle infotainment systems, smart televisions, context-aware tablets, and whatever else the world comes up with.


In my next blog post I’ll talk about the 3 key elements that form device-independent mobility and how client virtualization plays an important part in making this a reality.

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