The XenClient Enterprise 4.5 Tech Preview, planned for release this month, adds powerful new capabilities that extend mobile desktop virtualization including support for 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors, Microsoft Windows 8, and Ultrabooks™.
These ultra-portable computing devices offer the ultimate in mobility, weighing in at approximately 3 lbs. and delivering extraordinary battery life. With this latest release of XenClient, Citrix is also expanding the use cases for client virtualization, including the ability to support multiple virtual networks on both laptops and desktops.
Rick Echevarria,VP & GM Business Client Platforms Division at Intel, says “Systems based on the Intel Core™ vPro™ processor platform, including business Ultrabooks, tablets, and convertibles are poised to change mobile workstyles with devices that fuse portability and enhanced security with personalized productivity. Citrix, with its XenClient solution, continues to demonstrate leadership by taking advantage of the Intel Core™ vPro processor platform capabilities. The latest release of XenClient, optimized for Intel® vPro™ platforms, is an ideal desktop virtualization solution that enables businesses to embrace IT consumerization with confidence, giving users the flexibility to thrive at work or play from anywhere at any time, whether online or off, while giving IT complete centralized management and control over the device.”
The number of highly mobile workers is growing dramatically, with mobile employees are expected to make up nearly 40% of the workforce by 2015, according to IDC research published in 2012.
Analysts see the growth in devices like tablets and smartphones as complementary, rather than replacing laptops. The launch of Ultrabooks now offers the productivity capabilities of a laptop with the portability benefits of a tablet.The growth of laptops heightens the challenges of deploying, managing and securing devices that frequently reside outside of the corporate network. XenClient offers a complete centralized management solution that addresses these challenges.
Kraig Stewardson, IT Desktop Manager at Life Time Fitness, provides a great example of this centralized management capability. “Life Time Fitness has 105 locations with an average of 50 desktops per site so it is very labor intensive and costly to manage desktops at each location. By using XenClient, we can centralize the management of PCs remotely instead of traveling to each site to deploy, update or patch. This has greatly reduced our costs and increased the productivity of our IT staff. We are also able to consolidate desktops by running two local virtual desktops on one device, enabling us to remain PCI compliant to process credit card transactions in one VM and help our customers with questions in the other VM. XenClient is proving to be a valuable technology in achieving our IT goals.”
With this release, XenClient extends Citrix XenDesktop® FlexCast to include the management of physical PCs and as well as securing mobile laptops; and it now includes the Citrix Receiver integrated into the launcher.
For organizations requiring extreme levels of security, running the most secure environments in the world, Citrix offers XenClient XT 3. This edition has embraced extensibility, allowing Citrix partners to add enhanced capabilities to the solution. In the most recent release of XenClient XT, Citrix has introduced centralized management capabilities into this extreme security solution as well as expanded its hardware compatibility list.
Citrix XenClient is available as a part of XenDesktop and its FlexCast delivery technology, which includes support for both hosted virtual desktops and local virtual desktops. Citrix XenClient is especially valuable in bringing the benefits of VDI to systems that are often disconnected or machines that have inconsistent or limited network connectivity.
The results Citrix has achieved with XenClient have been extraordinary, delivering a high performance computing experience that feels just like a native machine to the end user.
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