Experience a Better Cloud with Intelligent Clients Optimize Cloud Security, Management and User Experience by Leveraging Each Device’s Power and Capabilities According to the Yankee Group, three quarters of top-level IT executives consider cloud computing a key path for 1 IDC estimates that the market for cloud services ($23 billion in 2010) will IT transformation and future growth. grow at a compound annual rate of 27 percent for the next four years—over five times the projected growth rate 2 These are services expected to be consumed by users with a variety of devices. for traditional IT products. The devices that users adopt for cloud services vary in capabilities, from basic to powerful and highly intelligent. When intelligent client devices with advanced capabilities are integrated in a cloud plan, they offer an important benefit to delivery, management, and security of cloud services, and for optimizing user experience. These devices should be carefully considered in any IT cloud planning strategy. Balance and Benefit – The Value of Intelligent Clients in the Cloud IT managers are increasingly realizing the significance of the capabilities of intelligent client devices – those combining hardware-based security capabilities, advanced manageability, and energy efficient performance. Managers are also seeing the importance of a balanced computing approach to delivery of cloud services, taking advantage of these client capabilities to better manage cloud services. Comprehending appropriate client capabilities in a cloud strategy can help: •Balance IT control with meeting users’ needs •Maintain strong management practices within cloud solutions, especially with regard to security and compliance •Position cloud infrastructure to adapt to future developments inherent in the evolution of cloud computing Considering the pros and cons of different device types allows IT to capitalize on client device capabilities and thus optimize the delivery of cloud services – with both IT control and user experience in mind. How each device class affects security, manageability, and application performance are important considerations. And, as client aware applications emerge and grow, the capabilities of these intelligent end points become even more valuable. How Intelligent Clients Help Build the Cloud Optimization of IT control, user experience, and data security improves with advanced client device capabilities, such as those integrated into 2nd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors. Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard 3 for example, accelerates encryption/decryption on intelligent clients; Intel® – New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), 4 improves security with a pre-boot layer of protection on virtualized Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) 5 platforms, and Intel® vPro™ technology improves IT management of clients. 2nd generation Intel Core vPro processors enable a more immersive visual experience, which can improve cloud- delivered graphics, animations, and CPU-compute intensive tasks on clients equipped with these processors. Intelligent clients also enable a more natural usage model by allowing users to work both online and offline. Making the Cloud Even Smarter As cloud computing continues to evolve, the availability of client-aware applications is expected to increase. Client-aware applications sense the attributes Read the full White Paper Client-aware Cloud Computing.