Lenovo has released a cloud connecting client that allows its laptops and desktops to access cloud-based web applications in a secure environment.
The company has introduced the software in its ThinkPad laptops and ThinkCentre line of desktop computers which are primarily used by business clients. The software is based on the webNetwork application delivery platform developed by Stoneware.
Lenovo's Secure Cloud Access client features a browser-based user interface that allows customers to securely access web based applications hosted in a public, private or hybrid cloud. The software is also capable of running on tablets and smartphone devices.
“We've got a lot of devices out there that have compute capabilities on them, but the bottom line is most cloud content services do not take advantage of those compute capabilities,” Bryan Thomas, manager of alternative client computing for Lenovo, said in an interview with Information Week (http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/client/229401464 (opens in new tab)).
“Everything that is being done now in the cloud is being done so that the data center is controlling all of the [computing resources] and that really is an unbalanced approach. We felt that it was a much more efficient approach to share that [computing] power on the endpoint and on the data center,” he added.