Understanding Alternative Compute Models

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    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

    trade-offs.

    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.