Planning Guide Client Computing in the Cloud Using Intelligent Clients to Address Security, Performance, and Manageability Issues in Your Cloud Environment Why you should read this document: • Deploy two-factor authentication and hardware-based protection to help enhance security. • Boost system performance and improve the user experience with hardware-based support. • Use remote control, diagnosis, and repair capabilities to simplify IT management. • Understand the role of a client-aware cloud in achieving a balanced compute model. Planning Guide Client Computing in the Cloud Using Intelligent Clients to Address Security, Performance, and Manageability Issues in Your Cloud Environment Sponsors of Tomorrow.™ Contents 3 Cloud Planning: Not Just for the Data Center 4 Improving Cloud Security, Performance, and Manageability Using Intelligent Clients • Security • Performance and User Experience • Manageability 14 Client-Aware Cloud • Enabling the Client-Aware Cloud •Intel IT Explores the Client-Aware Cloud 16 Intel Resources for Learning More • Clients in a Cloud Enviroment •Intel Technology 2 Intel IT Center Planning Guide | Client Computing in the Cloud Cloud Planning: Not Just for the Data Center Most IT departments have concentrated their cloud planning efforts on the data center. But it’s extremely important for IT to understand the role of clients in delivering cloud services and applications. Moving to the cloud introduces security, performance, management, and user experience issues into your computing environment. The clients you choose to deploy in this new environment can help alleviate—or exacerbate—these issues. As a result, they have a direct impact on the success of your cloud initiatives. Your cloud infrastructure will, of course, need to accommodate many different kinds of clients, including PCs, smart phones, tablets, and more. This guide focuses on how you can use a particular type of PC client—an intelligent PC client—to resolve some of the challenges you will likely face as you move to a cloud infrastructure. Thefirstsection,“ImprovingCloudSecurity,Performance,and Manageability Using Intelligent Clients,” discusses how you can use clientcapabilitiesavailabletoday.Thesecondsection,“Client-Aware Cloud,” discusses client capabilities that will be available in the near futuretosignificantlyimproveITflexibilityanduserexperience. Defining “Intelligent Client” Thisguidefrequentlyusestheterm“intelligentclient.”Intel definesanintelligentclientasaclientdevicethatprovides the following: • Hardware-basedsecuritycapabilities • Advancedmanageability • Energy-efficientperformancecapabilities 3 Intel IT Center Planning Guide | Client Computing in the Cloud Improving Cloud Security, Performance, and Manageability Using Intelligent Clients With all the industry excitement about cloud environments, it’s easy to forget that we’re still in the early stages of cloud implementations, whether private, public, or hybrid. As both organizations and vendors gain experience with full-scale cloud implementations, we’re beginning to see how clouds affect the basic tenets of IT service delivery, including security, performance, and manageability. Security Moving to a cloud environment introduces a host of security considerations for IT managers. For a complete look at security in the cloud, and the steps you can take to plan for data and platform protection in your cloud implementation, see Intel’s Cloud Security Planning Guide. This guide focuses on three cloud security concerns for which clients can play a direct role in safeguarding corporate data in a cloud environment. • Authentication • Secureexecutionofvirtualapplications • Protectionagainstmalwareandspyware Using Intel® Identity Read the full SEPTEMBER 2011.