Yesterday, we made XenClient generally available – we continued to make it more feature rich and compatible with more and more laptop devices. That means we also concluded our early release program – results in tens of thousands of downloads and great feedback from customers. Firstly, I want to thank everyone how downloaded the early release and gave us feedback on the product – we heavily rely on customer input during our early release programs.
For those of you who still have not tried XenClient, it is really simple to do. You can evaluate it on a single laptop without any server/data center infrastructure. As a user, you will be able to experience multiple virtual machines on the same device. I tried it myself with the early release and it was simple to setup and use.
I speak with several senior IT executives cooing through our executive briefing center at Citrix. One thing that was common between almost all my executive conversations during the last 3 months was – high interest in XenClient. The reason – mobility.
If you think about how users are using their computing environment today – there are two big forces in play – extreme mobility (work from anywhere, anytime) and blending work and play (ability to use the same device for personal and corporate use). It is getting harder and harder for IT to say no to these requirements or ignore improper use by end users. In fact, IT wants to say ‘yes’. Well now they can.
That’s where XenClient comes in. For those users who have to be able to work offline with a laptop, XenClient becomes a great fit. A user can get their personal and corporate workspaces available on the same device simultaneously while getting bare metal performance. All this is made possible without adding any significant burden for IT – IT can manage, secure and control the corporate desktop while letting the user desktop be open to users. Only a bare metal hypervisor like XenClient gives this level of control and security for users.
XenClient is a key deliverable to support Citrix’s vision of work-shifting enabling users to be able to work from anywhere, any time with virtual computing. XenClient complements other forms of virtual desktops, including VDI, shared hosted and local VHD, helping IT build a virtual computing solution across all enterprise users.
You can expect significant innovation and development in the area of XenClient going forward. I expect that it will not be too long when you can order a laptop with XenClient installed with your corporate image, enabling users to create their own desktop images instantly. And if users do not have access to their laptops, they can still continue to get their desktops delivered to any device on-demand.