- 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
- 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
- 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
- No additional costs when compared to competing solutions. Just need a XenDesktop license and instant distributed VDI.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!