Embracing Cloud Client-Computing For The New Order

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Published on April 4, 2014

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It’s time to get personal. Jeff McNaught, a chief strategy officer at Dell, shares insights into a cloud model for elevating workplace productivity in a multi-device world — empowering businesses and employees to work freely on their own terms.

Perspective 30 2014 Issue 01 | Dell.com/powersolutions T oday’s workforce has numerous options for accessing enterprise infrastructure, applications and data — a far cry from the hidebound desktop PCs of old. In fact, according to a recent Google Consumer Survey commissioned by Dell Cloud Client- Computing, 32 percent of respondents describe the current era of computing as “multi-device.”1 Of the 1,100 Americans polled, “mobile” finished second with 27 percent of the vote, and “cloud” finished third with 20 percent. Here, Jeff McNaught, a chief strategy officer at Dell, discusses his vision of multi-device computing in the evolving workplace. Along the way, he reveals the potential of virtualization and cloud client-computing for improved security, enhanced service delivery and reduced operational expenses. How would you describe computing today? Well, it’s not like in the past, when we used one general-purpose computer to get things done. Now we use numerous devices to access a single pool of personalized data and apps. Keeping them straight can be a challenge. In the end, though, it doesn’t matter how or where the computing takes place, as long as users get the apps and information they need to stay productive and connected. That’s why the cloud client-computing team at Dell focuses on end users. Cloud computing in general invokes a lot of back-end mumbo jumbo that users don’t care much about. Plus, it suggests a homogenized, if not public, computing experience. Instead, our team aims to deliver a personalized computing experience to end users and IT professionals, regardless of device. Why should organizations consider cloud client-computing? The cloud client-computing approach lets you take a giant step forward in workplace flexibility, and it helps you realize huge productivity gains from employees — whether they are on-site, mobile or remote. At the same time, cloud client- computing returns management control to IT, which helps organizations meet the challenge of implementing bring-your- own-device (BYOD) initiatives head on. You can scale to tens of thousands of mobile and remote endpoints without exposing your data to outside threats. Employees can use their own devices to get work done, but you can secure content with server-based storage, so data never has to leave the secure cloud. It’s time to get personal. Jeff McNaught, a chief strategy officer at Dell, shares insights into a cloud model for elevating workplace productivity in a multi-device world — empowering businesses and employees to work freely on their own terms. Embracing cloud client-computing for the new order 1 November 2013 Google Consumer Surveys, 1,071 respondents, U.S. adult population, 95% confidence with ±3% margin of error. Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2014 Issue 1. Copyright © 2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.

Dell.com/powersolutions | 2014 Issue 01 31 What are the basic components? Cloud client-computing requires a lot of moving parts: reliable infrastructure, such as a cloud environment; device management software; company- issued smart devices in instances where employees don’t bring their own; and end-user client software such as mobility and desktop virtualization. That’s a lot to juggle. But the Dell cloud client-computing team has both front-end and back-end cloud expertise — not to mention the required in-between software to administer it — to help simplify the transformation to multi-device computing for IT professionals. Our end-to-end approach is designed to connect all the dots, incorporating high-performance data center systems such as servers, networking and storage, as well as software, support services and thin, zero and cloud desktop clients. Can you share some highlights of successful deployments? Our customers have obtained outstanding results from cloud client-computing. For example, a Boston healthcare company reduced IT maintenance costs by 50 percent and onboarding time by 75 percent after switching to cloud client-computing, which also boosted IT productivity by two-thirds. The University of Connecticut projects a capital expenditure reduction of more than US$300,000 over five years, after virtualizing 700 desktops with a Dell solution. And a US$2.4 billion dollar footwear company reduced the deployment time of 4,000 virtual desktops from 1.5 hours to 15 minutes each using Dell solutions. In addition to saving money and boosting productivity, cloud client-computing helps solidify security. Numerous financial institutions, including Swiss bank accounts, for instance, favor the virus immunity of Dell Wyse ThinOS over Windows, Linux® and UNIX® environments when securing highly sensitive customer data. What role do you envision for cloud clients in today’s multi-device world? It’s important to recognize that the savings and security obtained from cloud client- computing aren’t achieved through a one-size-fits-all approach. Organizations should not use desktop virtualization everywhere, but every organization can potentially use it somewhere. It’s a matter of getting the best fit for a given environment. After successfully deploying virtual servers, many organizations assume that the end-user environment will be easy to implement. But in reality, it’s not. Data centers are controlled environments. On the other hand, end users can be anywhere on the planet, wireless or wired, on a virtual private network or in a local building. So often our biggest competitor is our customers’ own perception of technology readiness and the investment to deliver all the benefits. Nevertheless, it’s a reality worth fighting for. Although terms like cloud clients and desktop virtualization are unfamiliar to some, their realization truly is the future of computing. I believe cloud clients will do for the multi-device era what Dell’s original build-to-order innovation did for PCs: make them more useful, accessible and affordable. We’ll do our best to make cloud client-computing — or at least the implementation of it — as accepted today as the once-abstract internet was before. Dell, ThinOS and Wyse are trademarks of Dell Inc. “I believe cloud clients will do for the multi-device era what Dell’s original build-to-order innovation did for PCs: make them more useful, accessible and affordable.” Reprinted from Dell Power Solutions, 2014 Issue 1. Copyright © 2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.

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