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Better Together: Rich Client PCs and Cloud ComputingIT Brief: Cloud ComputingCloud computing poses new questions about the optimal enterprise client computing strategy. With more and more services delivered from the cloud, which combination of client platforms and service delivery models best meets the needs of users and IT organizations?The Intel IT environment contains a mixture of conventional and cloud computing services, delivered primarily to rich client PCs.We have found that whether services are kept in-house or outsourced to the cloud, the ability to perform local computing on the client offers the best user experience and the flexibility to run different types of applications. Only rich clients support the full range of service delivery methods, as shown in Figure 1. In addition, rich clients deliver full mobile computing capabilities for our users, including the ability to work offline.Rich clients remain an important part of our IT strategy as we work toward our future direction of migrating services to the cloud, supporting a wider range of client platforms, and enabling client virtualization.Thin Clients and Cloud ComputingIn some cases, cloud computing has been interpreted as the use of thin clients alone. This is because external cloud services are delivered through the Internet, and the basic Internet access tool is a Web browser that can run on a thin client. In fact, thin-client and cloud concepts are distinct and independent.Cloud services support a variety of client devices and delivery methods. In fact, some cloud services use delivery methods that thin clients cannot support. For example, a cloud service may download an application such as a real-time collaboration tool that can only execute efficiently on a rich client.Read the full Better Together Brief.
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