Hello and good Friday to you!  Just a quick introduction in case we have not been properly introduced.  I’ve been at Citrix for going on 8 years now, and before that I was in various IT sysadmin functions as well as a customer of Citrix for 12 years prior to joining Citrix.   In those almost 8 years, I’ve been a Sales Engineer, a Technology Specialist supporting all the Americas SEs on XenDesktop/XenApp, and now a new role as WW Technology Sales Evangelist.  It is my function to help inwardly champion technology solutions.   Today I’d like to chat with you about Remote PC.
Last week at Synergy 2012, Mark Templeton announced an exciting new additional model to the FlexCast line – Physical, with underlying Remote PC technology.
To review the Synergy session for “What’s New with XD/XA” check out http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/5759 starting at the 34:00 mark, including a demo of the technology.
Remote PC is comprised of new deliverables: Revamped Windows 7 VDA and the Remote PC Service.  This is alongside the Windows XP VDA that some of you may have used XenDesktop before in the past.  Up until now, Citrix had not outwardly promoted this as a method of using XenDesktop, unless you used 3D Pro for a physical connectivity solution.
Based on feedback from customers, I’m extremely proud Citrix is offering this to you in many ways:
  1. Full unquestioned support for the VDA on a “normal” physical PC in the cubicle using XenDesktop:  Windows XP and 7 (32/64) will be supported – sorry Vista
  2. Full support “bolting-on” existing infrastructures:  Nothing new is needed Web Interface 5.4 is supported, but no new features will be built into it for Remote PC – look to CloudGateway instead – makes sense, CG is the future
  3. XD 5.6 broker is required, but has been shipped since early 2012, and you should be on it already – go get it here: http://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/results.asp?productID=163057
  4. No additional costs when compared to competing solutions. Just need a XenDesktop license and instant distributed VDI.
  5. Zero administration:  You will not need to go into any console to deploy this solution with the Remote PC Service #awesome  The Remote PC Service will autocreate the Catalog, Desktop Group, then map the user to the machine at specified intervals.  Touchless deployment was the goal here.
  6. Affordable, lightning-fast distributed VDI:  There’s an interesting term!   In the Synergy booth last week, I demo’d a fullscreen 720p .MOV trailer on a 1st generation iPad with no bleeding/blocking/depixelation…..etc etc.; with speech quality sound using HDX to Remote PC!  I did not have to modify anything except deploy the Virtual Desktop Agent with enterprise electronic software delivery mechanisms I use today.
  7. Total Value of Ownership:  Remote PC will be included in Enterprise Editions and higher, where FlesxCast lives.  This license brings you the ability to leverage VDI as well as other FlexCast models for those users and devices – so take advantage of it!  You will most likely have a project going on that is looking at VDI – and you would already own it with this solution.  For example, in the Synergy video, I demonstrated combining Streaming (Provisioning Services) and Remote PC.  Central image management with temporary desktop delivery in a unique offering.  When that asset is fully depreciated, switch the PVS stream to a hypervisor or use the image with MCS. Now you’re on VDI and BYOD and thin clients, etc etc etc.  Maybe that user will be a perfect user for Shared Hosted desktops when it comes time.  Freedom to choose is a pretty big deal, but you’ll still obvously need to transform those apps
  8. Wake on LAN:  Green computing is on everyone’s mind, and I also demonstrated a prototype integration using Intel AMT integration.  For more information see this blog: http://communities.intel.com/community/vproexpert/blog/2012/05/09/intel-and-citrix–remote-pc-feature-for-xendesktop More to come on the Wake On LAN topic, but I am interested in hearing what you think, so please leave a comment!  Do you have a home-grown solution, etc

Remote PC will be available in June as part of XenDesktop 5.6 Feature Pack 1 – for more details, contact your Citrix Sales representative or partner.

PS – a great partner and industry colleague, Jarian Gibson from Choice Solutions, also wrote up a piece after interviewing me in the Synergy booth here:  http://jariangibson.com/2012/05/10/xendesktop-remote-pc-feature/ So, I wanted to publicly thank him for the great blog shoutout!  Thanks Jarian!

PSS – follow me on Twitter @CitrixGabe and tweet hashtag #RemotePC

PSSS – Dan Fallon also wrote a fantastic blog here, check it out!  http://www.dgfallon.com/2012/05/what-is-citrix-remotepc.html “The beauty of Remote PC is its simplicitly.”  I love that line – thanks Dan!

PSSSS – Andrew Morgan wrote an amazing blog on #RemotePC here: http://andrewmorgan.ie/2012/06/25/citrix-xendesktop-remote-pc-this-has-the-potential-to-be-a-winner-what-do-you-think/ – thanks Andrew!