At the recent Synergy 2012 in San Francisco, Citrix announced the acquisition of Virtual Computer and plans to release XenClient Enterprise.  Just a few weeks later, we’re pleased to announce the general availability of this exciting new offering – the first release to combine market-leading client virtualization technologies from Citrix and Virtual Computer. (See video by Dan McCall, formerly CEO of Virtual Computer, now VP of Product Marketing & Management for XenClient).

Moreover, XenClient Enterprise is now included within XenDesktop Enterprise and Platinum.  This means that customers with licenses to XenDesktop Enterprise or Platinum gain immediate access to XenClient Enterprise.

Citrix XenClient Enterprise extends the benefits of desktop virtualization to corporate laptops and makes PCs more manageable, reliable, and secure.  As a part of XenDesktop, it enables users to switch between local and hosted VMs with ongoing synchronization of apps and data (through ShareFile), allowing users to work on their laptop and then seamlessly switch to their mobile phone or tablet for convenient access to their desktop, apps, and data (Follow-Me-Apps & Follow-Me-Data).

Some highlights of the new capabilities in this release include:

9X More Devices Supported

  • XenClient now supports more PCs than ever before with a dramatically expanded hardware compatibility list (HCL).
  • Support for the coolest new devices including Ultrabook™ systems and the latest 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor systems (see the Intel Blog, by Dan Russell on this).
  • 3G/4G modem support, enabling users to make full use of their XenClient PCs.

Enterprise-Class Management Scalable to Thousands of Endpoints

  • Open, scalable backend management system supported on all industry standard server hypervisors – Hyper-V, vSphere, and XenServer.
  • Enterprise level scalability supporting thousands of endpoints for large deployments in multiple locations and geographies.
  • Enhanced policies and role-based administrative control deliver the granularity IT needs to manage XenClient effectively.

Easier to use

  • In-guest controls make XenClient feel more like native Windows to end users, so they can manage wireless networks, mouse settings, and other controls from within Windows, and IT can hide the hypervisor from less sophisticated users.
  • Automated over the air upgrades let XenClient update itself with no intervention needed from the end user.
  • A  ‘Connect’ environment for quick-boot access to the web, with Google Chrome included.

“This release delivers highly-scalable centralized management and a high-performance user experience, helping customers deliver virtual desktops to mobile workers while increasing the manageability, reliability, and security of their PCs,” Mitch Parker, Group VP & GM, Client Virtualization at Citrix.

Rick Echevarria,VP & GM Business Client Platform Division at Intel, says “The latest release of XenClient Enterprise further demonstrates strong collaboration between Intel and Citrix to optimize solutions built upon the 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor platform.  These intelligent desktop virtualization solutions provide the outstanding experience, mobility, and compute usage agility demanded by today’s workers, while also enabling IT to optimize infrastructure for lower cost, higher security, and greater scale.  Together, XenClient Enterprise and 3rd Generation Intel Core vPro processor family represents an outstanding Consumerization of IT ‘Done Right’ solution that enables Enterprises to ‘Compute with Confidence.'”

Can’t wait to start trying XenClient Enterprise?  Download it from My Citrix if you have an account (select XenClient Enterprise 4.1), or access the XenClient trial page if you don’t have a My Citrix account.  Make sure to view the installation & configuration video by Jesse Wright.

Some great additional resources: