Client Virtualization and Device Independent Mobility: Part 2

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:
http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-18856