XenClient 2.1 as part of our recently announced XenDesktop 5.6 release enables companies to accelerate their laptop migrations to Windows 7 and leave them with a more secure and easier to maintain mobile computing environment.

Many companies we talk with are still in the process of rolling out Windows 7 into their environments. It takes time to bring a new operating system into a large environment and having mobile users on laptops only adds to the complexity. Something interesting that we are seeing with many companies is that they are using the Windows 7 migration as a time to fundamentally rethink how they create, deliver, and secure their Windows environments. Specifically, how they can more effectively deal with the ever increasing set of mobile users on laptops in their environments. These more fundamental changes to their strategy may delay the rollouts. As with a traditional physical deployment, it can require a large number of different tools and technologies to really deliver on their vision.

The first area we see customers wanting to make changes is around new ways of securing their mobile laptop users. With corporate data leaving the safety of the corporate network in record numbers, companies are looking at new ways to protect their corporate data from theft and loss in the field. We see customers looking to use multiple solutions to enable disk encryption on their laptops, remote kill pill to disable systems if they fall into the wrong hands, and even policy controls to make sure that corporate data only leaves laptops through approved channels. And not only do they want to protect the data, but they also want to make sure they back it up and have a quick process to recover data for their users. The old methods of relying on users to copy files to a network share don’t result in high success rates for laptop users rarely on the corporate network.

In place of using multiple complex technologies and solutions, a local virtual desktop running on XenClient can deliver all of this for your laptop users with ease. With integrated disk encryption, remote kill pill, and data movement policy controls, securing your laptops becomes a matter of checking boxes rather than deploying separate products. Plus, with its integrated unobtrusive backup and self-service recovery, XenClient makes backing up and recovering laptops over the public Internet a simple and secure process. Systems can be recovered in minutes and hours vs. days and weeks with traditional solutions with the added benefit of being able to recover computing environments to totally different types of hardware.

Security is just one area we see customers looking to make changes to their traditional approaches to laptop management with their Windows 7 migrations. The other area is around how they deploy, update, move, and even rollback users Windows computing environments. With traditional approaches, environments are hard coded to the hardware and the diversity of hardware results in complex imaging processes to initially deploy operating systems. And then separate systems to keep those images up to date over time. With the new simplified Windows dynamic layering in XenClient 2.1 you can use a single Windows image across your varied hardware, and use that same single image not only to deploy, but also move, recover, and update your laptop users systems. Plus Windows 7 can become truly dynamic by allowing roll-back of images to a prior version if new versions introduce unintended changes to the environment. It gives IT an easy process to deliver the full lifecycle of a computing environment from cradle to grave with a single easily changed image and it’s all designed to deal with highly mobile laptop users living off the corporate network.

So accelerate, simplify, and secure your laptop Windows 7 migrations with XenClient and get yourself in a position to make the next migration down the line an even easier process!

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