Enabling Device Independent Mobility with Dynamic Virtual Clients
To enable device-independent mobility (DIM) at Intel, Intel IT is considering implementing dynamic virtual client (DVC) technology, which uses containerized software appliances to abstract the OS; applications; corporate and personal data and workspaces; and user-specific settings. In this model, users can access their applications and information from any device, anywhere, anytime.
As new client devices and technologies emerge, client mobility—once thought of as disconnecting a laptop from the wired network to carry around—is evolving to include:
• Delivering IT services to devices that cannot sustain a full IT build, such as netbooks and smart phones.
• Providing on-site mobility, where users can move between their offices, labs, and homes, and access their IT environment from a variety of devices.
• Separating corporate data from personal data and making both accessible from multiple device platforms.
DIM would enable us to deliver the information users need in the environment they need it, independent of which device they are using—giving mobile workers more choice, flexibility, access, and performance. For IT, the benefits of DIM include centralized application and data policy management, cost savings by reducing integration for individual hardware platforms, and improved delivery of IT services to users.
Initial testing of technologies underlying DIM and evaluation of platform and support costs during proofs of concept and pilot studies indicate that we can realize a per-platform cost savings of USD 100. Additional cost savings are possible as platform configurations evolve and infrastructure services are changed to accommodate new platform provisioning and information storage concepts.
Read the full Mobility with Dynamic Virtual Clients White Paper.