The world sure has gotten complex, hasn’t it?
Did you know that over 10,000 laptops are lost or stolen at airports each week? That’s right. In fact, according to the FBI, 2 million laptops are reported stolen every year and 97 percent of them are never recovered. Has this ever happened to you, to one of your co-workers, or to one of your friends? I wonder how many of those were company issued systems for employee use while on the road. I also wonder how many of those laptops have sensitive company information on them, like product specs and customer info? What about important corporate financial data or HR specifics like salaries, bonuses, and social security numbers? I shudder at the thought.
Switching gears a bit, a number of my friends and colleagues have been caught up in the snow storms on the eastern coast of the US. In addition to making them break out the heavy duty snow shovel, sometimes it keeps them from getting to the office to do their job. And speaking of offices light on staff, remember the H1N1 scare recently? Corporations wanted to limit the spread of these illnesses, but they were still on the hook with their customers to fulfill their SLAs, which meant that these corporations still needed their employees to perform their jobs to keep the business going. And think back to the last time you were on the road, and needed access to your applications and sensitive data. Was it a training session across town? Or was it a conference the next state or province over? Perhaps it was a customer visit overseas. (Or maybe it was even on vacation at a beach house – don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.)
And let’s think about our friends in the IT department (maybe that’s you). Windows 7 was announced recently, and many companies are already taking strides to implement it across their organizations. Think about the last operating system upgrade your company did. How long did it take to get the whole company onto the new OS? Did it ever get there completely? How many support cases would you guess were generated in that transition? Maybe your company has specialized or custom applications to enable business - how long did it take for your applications to be supported on the new operating system?
It all sounds a bit daunting, I know. But it’s the world we live in now, so we need to plan for it and implement solutions that address these issues.
Have you considered client virtualization?
With client virtualization (technologies like application virtualization, VDI, and workstation blades), data is stored in the data center, where you’ve invested heavily to ensure security. It provides users anytime/anywhere access of their applications and data, and there’s no need to be tied to a single computing paradigm or physical workplace. And client virtualization simplifies software and hardware management and maximizes resource utilization.
And HP Client Virtualization Solutions get you there with the strength, experience, and innovation you’ve come to expect from the world’s largest technology company, offering the industry’s best end to end technology and services portfolio. From thin clients to servers and server blades, from networking to storage, and from management software to services, HP has client virtualization covered.
Where are you with client virtualization? Interested? Investigating? Full on, in-production environments? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject - where you are with this technology, where you feel we'll be as a technology space in the future, etc - feel free to leave a comment below.
Until next time,
HP Client Virtualization Team