With the release today of Citrix XenClient Enterprise 4.1, XenClient now supports 9X more devices than it did before, delivers enterprise-class management and scalability, and makes virtual desktops easier to use.

In this video, Dan McCall—the former CEO of Virtual Computer (acquired by Citrix in May) and now VP of XenClient Product Management and Marketing—highlights the features and use cases of XenClient Enterprise, and explains how it is a part of XenDesktop and fits into the Citrix FlexCast delivery model.

Citrix XenClient extends the benefits of desktop virtualization to corporate laptops and makes PCs more manageable, reliable, and secure.  With XenClient, IT gains control over hard-to-manage laptops, and users can access their virtual desktop anywhere, anytime, even while disconnected from the network.

Synchronizer for XenClient Enterprise is a Web-based management console for creating and managing virtual machines, assigning VMs to users, and pushing out updates and patches to all endpoints with a simple mouse click. With Synchronizer, IT can easily integrate with Active Directory and set granular policy controls and role-based permissions. You can build one golden image that everyone shares, or create custom images for groups and power users. And, images can be stored on a caching server in a central or remote office.

The powerful centralized management capabilities of Synchronizer are enabled by the other part of the product: XenClient Enterprise Engine. Engine is a true Type-1 client hypervisor that’s installed directly on the PC hardware—the bare metal. It sits beneath the operating system and controls the entire management stack based on the settings and policies it receives from Synchronizer. All of this is done in the background and can be completely transparent to end users.

Engine offers the highest levels of security and isolation, and that means users can safely run multiple local virtual desktops simultaneously. Giving users the ability to easily switch between a business VM and personal VM—on the same device—creates a more convenient and positive user experience.

XenClient Enterprise simplifies how companies manage and secure their desktops, and here are four specific use cases for deploying it as a standalone product:

  1. Branch Offices – If you have branch offices with limited network bandwidth, XenClient Enterprise preserves that bandwidth and delivers a high-definition user experience.
  2. Power Users – Let’s face it: some executives and VIPs don’t want to change: they want local execution. With XenClient Enterprise, their virtual desktops can look and feel like a native PC.
  3. PC Refresh – Some organizations want the benefits of desktop virtualization without changing where the desktops execute: Think of XenClient Enterprise as a virtual desktop to go, locally executed.
  4. XenApp Users – If you’re one of the many Citrix customers using XenApp to deliver virtualized applications to native Windows PCs, XenClient Enterprise enables you to easily manage those base Windows machines.

And here’s the best use case with ultimate flexibility:

XenClient Enterprise is a part of XenDesktop—Citrix’s broader solution for delivering desktops and apps on-demand to every user. The two products, combined with ShareFile, enable users to switch between local and hosted VMs with ongoing synchronization of apps and data—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.

See and experience XenClient Enterprise today by downloading a trial at: www.citrix.com/xenclient/tryit.

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