Driven by ever-increasing pressure on a multitude of issues – including cost control,
manageability, security, regulatory compliance, and business continuity – many IT
managers are considering centralized compute models as an alternative to traditional
distributed software deployment.
Thanks to recent advances in technology, IT has a range of compute models from
which to choose. From terminal services to virtual hosted desktops, from blade
PCs through application and OS streaming, each model has its advantages and
Rarely is a single compute model adequate to meet the needs of all users and all
applications. Instead, the needs of each group of users, as well as IT requirements
and existing infrastructure, must be carefully considered. In most cases, an optimal
solution will likely involve a combination of models.
Although thin terminals may be suitable hardware for certain purely server-based
models, rich PC platforms based on technology such as Intel® Core™2 processor
with vPro™ technology for desktops and Intel® Centrino® with vPro™ technology
for notebooks offer highly manageable and secure platforms on which to deploy
a wide range of solutions.