While users are increasingly using a greater number of computing devices, laptops continue to be the primary computing device for business professionals. In the office, these devices sit in docking stations connected to dual monitors, a keyboard and a mouse and function just like desktop computers. On the road, laptops provide the necessary computing power and features needed to create presentations, reports and other documents. Convenience and flexibility is what makes laptops popular for power users on the go.
Despite their wide and continued adoption, laptops are rarely ever mentioned in articles about desktop virtualization. Thin clients and tablets are the shiny new devices that dominate the conversation. Conventional wisdom is that laptops don’t work with VDI. If a laptop is virtualized and has trouble connecting to your corporate network — which, today, is often the case for WiFi-dependent mobile users — the device is useless. As a result, IT often bypasses laptops when rolling out a desktop virtualization project.
However, laptops aren’t going away in the enterprise and leaving them unvirtualized is a big security risk — and a headache-inducing challenge to manage. XenDesktop local mode solves the laptop conundrum by enabling users to securely access their Windows virtual desktop in any network scenario — including low-quality connections, congested WiFi hotspots, and even when no connection is available. In this short video, Phil Redman, Citrix VP of Mobile Solutions and Strategy, talks about XenDesktop local mode and how it is different than VDI and better for laptop users.