Today’s market opportunity for IT vendors is razor-focused on cloud consumption and economics. As a result, it can be easy to lose track of what’s actually powering on-premises data centers, various cloud platforms, and massive numbers of ever-proliferating endpoints.
In a prior role, when I was running an IT organization, it was difficult to acquire new servers at the rapid pace at which innovation was happening in the x86 server market—even though each server upgrade would provide an instant increase in application performance. While the performance bump still exists, the benefits extend beyond core performance—so it’s also important to understand the scale and security benefits. And speaking of scale and security, with Citrix Synergy right around the corner, it seems only fitting to take a look at Intel and Citrix.
While most of us tend to associate the Intel and Citrix partnership with chip innovation on endpoints and data center infrastructure, the value really spans much further to include the following:
- Intel vPro technology, inclusive of Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (Intel GVT), for near-native graphical performance; Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) for IT to remotely manage clients; and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) to protect against memory sharing in a multi-VM scenario. All of the Intel vPro technologies are integrated with Citrix’s XenDesktop, XenApp, and XenMobile virtualization solutions.
- Intel Xeon Processor E3 v3 product family with Intel Iris Pro Graphics coupled with Citrix HDX technologies to deliver a “high-definition” experience to users of Windows applications and desktops accessing a workspace using XenApp and XenDesktop.
- Intel Next Unit of Computing (Intel NUC) including thin clients and the Intel Compute Stick that turns an HDMI display into a workspace.
- The powerful trio of Citrix, Google, and Intel with Android and Chrome endpoints designed for simple, secure, and economical endpoint solutions.
- Microsoft Windows 10 migration on hardware optimized for low power consumption, wireless gigabit; Intel Virtualization Technology TPM 2.0 with Attestation Secure key; and Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) to help drive performance, improve security, and simplify management for IT pros. Also, Intel Core vPro processors incorporate Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT) to help prevent misuse of identity credentials to access business and personal information.
With organizations racing to enhance security, enable mobility, and embrace the cloud, it would be simple to overlook some of the finer features that companies like Intel and Citrix are delivering. For those attending Citrix Synergy, the event is an ideal venue to look at a few demos, and ask a few questions about the technologies mentioned above. From what I see, these features are typically missed by the masses (or, more accurately stated, misunderstood by the masses).
There’s untold value in taking the time to examine your mobility, cloud, and IoT initiatives to determine how Intel plays into them. Only then will you be able to accurately factor in Intel’s prospective, long-term organizational benefits—or to put it more simply—“Is Intel inside your digital transformation?”