13 April 2011
Based on hardware innovations from Intel’s latest line of processors, endpoints can now access cloud applications and services with an optimized, more efficient connection. Dubbed “Cloud Ready Clients”, endpoints such as those manufactured by Lenovo can talk to cloud apps, telling them a range of specs on the endpoint covering both performance and security.
When a Cloud Ready Client requests access to a cloud application, it communicates key system attributes such as “processor performance, free memory, graphics, and available bandwidth” according to Lenovo. These attributes determine how the cloud application interacts with the endpoint, and optimizes the user’s experience in the cloud.
For security measures, Cloud Ready Clients can also communicate key information about the user, such as their “authentication method,…time of day, location and network” according to Lenovo. These details, along with physical authentication methods such as biometric fingerprint readers, ensure that the user has the necessary credentials to access the cloud application.
This technology not only applies to Lenovo laptops, but also consumer devices such as tablet PCs utilizing Intel’s new processor technology. With Cloud Ready Clients, enterprises using a range of devices can access cloud applications in an efficient manner with secure, multi-factor authentication.
-McAfee Cloud Security