I am not sure if you grew up as a child watching Godzilla or any of the Japanese-imported action TV shows? I sure did! I used to watch a show called Ultraman. See some of the Ultraman examples on YouTube and you get a sense of what it is all about.
I feel like déjà vu all over again with the big push by the IT industry at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas this week. There is a tremendous push by the IT vendors and the laptop user community around the Ultrabook. The Ultrabook is a new category of higher-end Intel-powered computers that are made thin and lightweight. The Ultrabook incorporates an Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) Intel processor with integrated graphics and a flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) to achieve this feat. Think of Ultrabooks as full-powered notebooks but thinner, lighter, less energy-sipping, equipped with a full keyboard and looks with power to match! With wireless broadband added, the Ultrabook user is someone who is always on and always on the go!
The Ultrabooks will provide long-lasting use time while running on battery, faster performance, quick bootup time, less space and less towing requirements on users. Imagine other people around you scurrying to look for the closest power outlet while you are busy working away on that business-critical presentation or sales reply on your Ultrabook!
When you couple Citrix XenClient with an Ultrabook, there are several great benefits for both end users and IT. IT departments can ensure the worry-free protection of corporate data (via encryption, automatic backup, recovery, remote kill pill) and simplified virtual desktop image management. In turn, executives and employees get flexibility, choice and a well-managed computer to enhance their mobile productivity.
We got our hands on a few of these slick gadgets recently and guess what? We got XenClient to run on the Ultrabook in the test lab. As soon as we did this, our own GM grabbed one of these XenClient-powered Ultrabooks for his own use at Citrix. We were able to “set free” our busy Citrix executive with this thin and lightweight computer. No more waiting for Ultraman, here come the XenClient-powered Ultra-business executives!
The Toshiba Ultrabook will be added to the XenClient HCL shortly. There will be many other Ultrabooks from various vendors to be added in the future.
Also, see the blog post “Do Ultrabooks Mean Ultra-Productivity?” on what Ultrabook means to executives and businesses.
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