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Register for the Thursday, February 9, 2012 RMIMA Meeting

Desktop from the Cloud
Chris Carter, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc

11:15 am Registration and Networking
11:30 Lunch and Speaker

$25 members 
$45 guests -
Join as you register and attend free ($50 per year membership)
$15 students

Hosted Virtual Desktops: Delivering Desktop Services from the Cloud for End-User Freedom & IT Control
Chris Carter, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc

Many IT organizations are reassessing how they deploy and manage the enterprise desktop environment. This reassessment is happening against the backdrop of the increasing cost and complexity associated with managing desktops and laptops that are distributed across a global enterprise. IT organizations are struggling with the deployment and updating of PCs manually, one at a time, even with the electronic distribution software available today.

When the topic of enterprise desktops is mentioned, all kind of desires and challenges immediately come to mind, such as:

  • Windows 7 and PC refresh
  • Explosion of new devices
  • Rising desktop management costs
  • Data security and compliance
  • User access anywhere, anytime

With Windows 7 migrations in full swing, they are faced with the daunting task of upgrading to a new operating system and set of applications across a wide range of distributed systems. IT organizations recognize that if they donít change the way they think about desktop computing, they risk the loss or compromise of business-critical and customer-sensitive data when it is distributed across desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Indeed, the increasing number of corporate, governmental, and industry regulations they need to comply with requires moving data back to the data center where it can be maintained safely and securely.

At the same time, to increase their productivity, users are asking for more applications to be made available on more devices with greater flexibility and access at any time and anywhere. Users want the same level of consumerization from IT they can get on the open market!

And there are many drivers for evolving the workplace landscape, at all levels of the company, by moving to desktop virtualization. The CIO is looking at the strategic and competitive advantages desktop virtualization can bring IT management, both for servers and desktops, and is excited to gain increased control and security over corporate data assets while gaining simplified manageability and reduced costs, all while enabling the end user to be more productive.

And the end user gains a rich, flexible business environment they can access at any time, from any device, anywhere in the world.

This session will introduce hosted virtual desktops, and the benefits and challenges of delivering virtual desktops to end-users. We will also discuss the end-to-end architecture that crosses borderless networks, data center / virtualization, and unified communications and collaboration.

Chris Carter is a Consulting Systems Engineer with Cisco Systems, Inc, specializing in Desktop Virtualization and related technologies. Chris focuses on the end-to-end architecture of desktop virtualization, including Data Center (compute, storage, networking), Borderless Networks, Collaboration, Virtualization, and third-party products (user virtualization and monitoring). He has been with the Data Center team at Cisco for 6 years, covering the Unified Computing System, MDS Storage Switching, and Nexus 1000v product technologies. Prior to joining Cisco, Chris worked for McDATA Corporation, where he most recently served as the Worldwide Corporate Systems Engineer for EMC.

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