How Client Virtualization Enables Device Independent Mobility

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.