Technologies on both the desktop and in the data center are providing more efficient solutions. Both the planning and deployment sides of these solutions are important to consider. Examples of desktop-to-data center solutions are thin clients, remote desktops, virtualized desktops, and applications that sync and resync with central servers.

White Paper – End-to-End Architecture: Impacts of New Client Technologies on Data Center Architecture

End-to-End Architecture: Impacts of New Client Technologies on Data Center Architecture (308 KB)
To examine different client technologies and the changes they necessitate in the data center, four example client use-case scenarios are given in this paper. In each scenario the solution architecture, impact on the data center, and potential benefits are covered. Highlights from the paper have been included directly on this wiki page. For full details see the complete paper as linked above.

Discussion and questions about the paper can be written in the discussion threads section at the bottom of this page.

White Paper Highlights: Different User Types Equal Different Solutions

The profile or type of end user should dictate the best client solution. The following diagram from the white paper shows how some different solutions map to client type:

End to End Solutions Based on Client Type

A key aspect of selecting a client solution is understanding how that choice will affect the utilization and architecture of the data center. The following table summarizes some of the benefits and effects on the data center that can occur when selecting certain technologies to support the different user types:

User Scenarios Key Technologies Potential Benefits Data Center Effects
Mobile Microsoft Vista – Offline Files, Bitlocker
Microsoft Office 2007 – Outlook Cache mode
Laptop – Multicore processors
Ability to work, offline data security, data backup, powerful local processing, and better collaboration among mobile users Upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2007, Office SharePoint Server 2007, and additional file server capacity
Call Center Ardence – Software Streaming
Dell OptiPlex Diskless Clients
Centralized boot image; simple reset, reconfigure, or upgrade of clients; centralized control of all data; and no data on client Ardence servers added and additional file server capacity
Remote Citirx Presentation Server
Microsoft Terminal Services Widespread Internet Access
Remote access from many types of client devices, remote access over the Internet to applications, and centralized control of data Remote access servers added, installation and configuration of applications for use in remote access, and increased use of internal applications
Developers Server and Desktop Virtualization Remote Desktop Additional resources and flexibility for developers, centralized control of source code and development, and process support for remote development centers Smaller requirements for individual development and test systems, virtualization server farm, and additional SAN capacity to support virtualization server farms