As Mark Templeton treads the boards here at Synergy San Francisco 2010 and introduces XenClient to everyone attending the event in person and everyone watching the streamed keynote, someone back in Fort Lauderdale is pushing the button to make the software publicly available for download.

We are extremely delighted to announce the immediate public availability of XenClient Express - a trial and evaluation kit for customers to download and begin to evaluate local VM desktops in their own environments.

XenClient Express has three components, the XenClient bare metal hypervisor (type 1),  XenClient is based on the same technology as XenServer, but with all the pieces that servers don’t really care about like the ability to close the lid, high performance graphics, USB etc. etc. Second is the Citrix Receiver for XenClient where users create and configure virtual machines on their laptop or use the functionality of Receiver to connect to the third component, the Synchronizer for XenClient. Here administrators can make pre-defined VMs available to users and set security and backup policies.

The creation of XenClient Express has been a fantastic story of collaboration. Ian Pratt, the godfather of Xen (that’s what it says in his business card) discusses how we’ve worked with Intel, Dell, HP and Microsoft to make this possible.

So why are we so excited about XenClient I hear you ask… Server virtualization – server consolidation, cooling, power, user density – I get it. Tell me again why I want to virtualize a laptop???  I could type it out – but instead why not take a look here where I discuss it.

There’s going to be a lot of reading and downloading to do today so rather than say anymore, why don’t I give you a couple of minutes back, point you to Peter Blum who will help you with the install and configuration and  just let you get started.