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HP Chief Technologist Tom Flynn on BYOD, Desktop Virtualization and the Future

Contributed Article By Tom Flynn, chief technologist for desktop solutions and thin clients at Hewlett-Packard

Two years ago, the biggest decision IT professionals made about implementation of thin clients was between the cost of a desktop and the cost of a thin client plus a virtualized data infrastructure. Now, with the rise of mobile and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, users and IT professionals are asking questions such as how do I port my applications to any of the popular tablets? Or should I stand up a VDI infrastructure and allow it to be delivered to an end-point device?

Companies have felt pressure from top-level executives and from bottom-level end users to adopt BYOD and investments have been made in networks and datacenters. Now, the challenge is how to bridge the gap and reap the benefits. The shift has been made to a computing environment with the datacenter as the core.

Virtualization bridges the gap between the network and BYOD by allowing users to connect from anywhere, on any device. Furthermore, BYOD highlights the things that thin clients and virtualization do best, like securing corporate and customer data. Thin clients are the connectivity devices of choice now for many in government, healthcare, finance, education and call centers as they have no hard drives to download data to, and all the programs and files that the user needs is on the server or in the cloud. A virtualization environment also gives more control over users and solves security issues by centralizing management in the network. Virtualization can make updating software easy too, saving time and money.

A good network is of course, another key to virtualization and at recent software and hardware updates have been made to our thin clients that help optimize the network experience. Improvements in USB redirection and multimedia redirection also give a true PC experience on thin clients. Thin clients also have capabilities like auto-sensing technology that locates the host server in the data center, establishes a secure desktop environment in minutes and downloads the latest updates.

The BYOD model is a natural movement for enterprise, merging the business and consumer sides of computing and incorporating thin clients becomes a natural fit in the office.

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About the Author

Tom Flynn is the Chief Technologist for Thin Clients and Solutions with 22 years of experience in the computing industry. Tom conceived the HP MultiSeat solution for education and small business and is leading HP's zero client strategy. Tom is the inventor of the Consolidated Client Infrastructure (CCI), which is based on the Blade PC and has numerous patents pending. Tom is currently focusing on the rapidly-evolving client virtualization technologies and the impact of those solutions on commercial, healthcare and educational offerings.

Published Tuesday, August 07, 2012 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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