In the fifth installment of our six-part XenClient Benefits Series we discussed how Citrix XenClient — the local VM option of XenDesktop and its FlexCast delivery technology — could be used to Repurpose PCs as Thin Clients. In this part, we will examine how XenClient can be used to manage laptops and PCs in limited network environments.

Virtual desktops have been gaining adoption across different users and IT organizations and continue to be a top IT priority. This isn’t surprising, considering that virtualization was the top priority for CIOs in 2012, according to a survey by IDC. Server-hosted virtual desktops (aka VDI) provides a solution that benefits both end-users and the business. VDI reduces the cost and complexity of managing desktops for IT while allowing end-users to access their desktops from any device with a seamless experience.

However, sometimes organizations cannot deploy VDI because of environments that are disconnected or environments that have inconsistent or limited network connectivity. This IT challenge is only set to grow as rapidly changing workstyles lead to growing numbers of employees working from locations with disconnected or unreliable network connections. Organizations are becoming more dispersed and employees are increasingly choosing to work from anywhere, in any environment. A survey by Ipsos/Reuters in 2012 found that nearly one in five workers worldwide frequently telecommute. Furthermore, IDC research published in 2012 forecasts that mobile employees will make up nearly 40% of the workforce by 2015!

Citrix offers another option for delivering virtual desktops to areas with limited or no network connectivity: XenClient. Citrix XenClient, offered as part of XenDesktop, extends desktop virtualization to offline laptops and PCs and provides enterprises with centralized management, enhanced reliability, and high security. Users can work online and offline through a client-hosted virtual desktop solution that runs locally on laptops and PCs – with or without a network connection. For example, an educational institute is now using XenClient to ensure 100% uptime for their PCs since frequent network outages were leading to disruptions in their learning labs.

Another benefit of XenClient is its ability to patch and update user desktops regardless of network connectivity or user location. 100% success rates for patches and updates and integration with NetScaler in XenClient 4.5 ensure that users receive the latest updates from IT whether they are connected to the corporate network or not.  Whether you are in the office, on the road, working from home, or working in a remote office, XenClient will give you a great user experience while delivering value for the business. If you want to learn more about how XenClient can better manage PCs, give XenClient a try and see how it can let you work from anywhere, in any environment!

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