In the fourth installment of our six-part XenClient Benefit Series, we discussed how XenClient helps with Security, Isolation, & Compliance.  In this installment, we’ll be talking about how XenClient is used to repurpose PCs as thin clients, providing a flexible endpoint for accessing both hosted and local virtual desktops.

As organizations plan their strategy to transform Windows desktops and applications into an on-demand service available to any user, anywhere, on any device, they often consider using thin clients as endpoints for virtual desktops. But they can potentially achieve significant capital cost savings simply by repurposing their existing PCs as thin clients.

One challenge to using PCs for this purpose is that organizations still end up with PCs to manage, increasing the support and operations costs for these machines and offsetting the capital cost savings.

With Citrix XenClient, IT can reduce capital costs by repurposing existing PCs while eliminating the operation and support costs by turning the PCs into centrally managed virtual appliances.

And the best part is that XenClient is included within the XenDesktop license, so there are no additional licensing costs required to take advantage of this great solution.

XenClient runs on most business-class PCs made within the last five years—including next generation desktops, laptops, Ultrabooks and Tiny PCs using Intel® 3rd generation Core processors. XenClient not only enables you to maximize your PC hardware investments, the software is included in XenDesktop Enterprise and Platinum edition licenses.

As trends like desktop virtualization, cloud computing, worker mobility and bring-your-own device (BYO) transform traditional IT paradigms, the desktop environment you architect today could be radically different tomorrow. Moreover, organizations are in a constant state of flux with user needs and mobility requirements changing every year. By using XenClient on PCs to access server-hosted virtual desktops, those same PCs can then later be repurposed again and assigned at any time to individuals that require locally executing virtual desktops.

XenClient can turn any business-class PC into a flexible virtual endpoint: a thin-client device for accessing server-hosted virtual desktops powered by XenDesktop, and a virtual PC powered by XenClient for securely running applications that require local execution for optimal performance.

Moreover, with some of the new devices being released today, such as the Lenovo Tiny, organizations get the low-profile and low power usage of a thin-client, with the ability to run both local virtual desktops or access hosted virtual desktops using Citrix XenClient.

Look for our next edition of the XenClient Benefits Series on Desktop Virtualization in Limited Network Environments! Thanks for reading and your comments. Don’t forget to download your free trial of XenClient today.

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