Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled Wednesday a new client infrastructure portfolio of services designed to give IT departments better control over today’s mobile device-agnostic end user. One analyst said the portfolio’s focus on client virtualization is where enterprises are looking to cut costs.
The end user profile is quite different from what it used to be, with users working on smart phones and mobile PC devices, said Tom Norton, global practice director of Microsoft and client infrastructure consulting services with Hewlett-Packard.
“When you look at the apps, the data, the operating systems, most of those can be controlled from a data centre perspective,” said Norton. “They don’t need to reside in the wild.”
The HP Client Infrastructure Services portfolio is an extension of the vendor’s converged infrastructure that focuses on building private cloud services in data centres. Norton said HP has blended best practices from both the data centre and client environments into the new portfolio. “There’s this natural overlap that’s taking place now,” he said.
The portfolio includes HP Client Strategy Services designed to help customers understand the complexities of the client environment and build a roadmap.
Part of that is the HP Client Virtualization Services, is designed to help customers rethink what they need to have on a desktop with the end goal of virtualizing their PCs, said Norton. In the case of end users who work with sensitive data, Norton said mitigating that risk can mean keeping the data in the data centre as opposed to locally on user machines.
John Sloan, research analyst with London, Ont.-based Info-Tech Research Group Ltd., said one of the value propositions of desktop virtualization is being able to move an IT department’s focus from managing desktop assets to managing a service that’s delivered from a data centre.