By Charles See
The eyes may be the window to the soul, but your PC is the window to your work life. The applications you access and the settings you establish reflect how you want to view your work world and to interact with it. It’s a reflection of you.
The device you use may depend on where you are and what you are doing—laptop at your desk or home office, smartphone or tablet when you’re on the move—but whatever device you look into, you want to see the same reflection. And since our work lives are often barely distinguishable from our personal lives, many people would like to see the whole picture rather than separate ones for work and personal activities.
That’s a paradigm shift—and a challenge for IT.
Users demand that IT provide and support the devices they want to use—PCs, tablets, smartphones. The same applications and information must be available on each end point, but they should be adapted to and optimized for each device. Increasingly, users simply want to “bring their own device” to work. IT must figure out how to support them, how to secure them and how to provision, not just the applications, but that complete reflection each user expects to see.
Client virtualization goes beyond virtual desktops. Its goal is to deliver the applications and settings each user needs to any device he or she needs to use. My HP Discover 2012 session describes how we use modeling to understand our users’ worlds and to determine the best solutions for virtualizing their view into it.
It all starts with the applications. We discover the applications in use by each user and analyze workloads to determine when and where each is used. Then we develop a model that allows us to assess alternatives. We design a solution to create, maintain and deploy the images needed. And we help our customers pilot and deploy the solution.
Windows 7 migration presents an opportunity for organizations to rethink end-user computing. But the goal is not just supporting new platforms; the goal is delivering applications to the user regardless of platform. Developing a clear path to the end-user computing environment your business needs requires careful planning. My session highlights an approach that lets you plan based on real information, assess alternatives, and select the best approach.
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Chuck See is a Master Solutions Architect who has been with HP for nearly five years. In that time, Chuck has designed client virtualization solutions for both private industry and federal government customers. Currently Chuck’s role is as Americas Client Virtualization Lead for HP Technology Consulting’s Microsoft and Client Infrastructure Practice.