You’ve got your XenMobile 9 setup and humming. Your device policies are finalized, your apps are wrapped, configured, and deployed successfully, you’ve tuned your clusters and your database. And, most importantly, your user base has enrolled.
Just when you thought you were going to settle into a steady rhythm, here comes Citrix asking you to upgrade to XenMobile 10.
And, to boot, it’s not your run-of-the-mill vanilla upgrade – it’s a major upgrade to a new platform. Why should you do it? A good question, indeed!
There are a number of good reasons why this upgrade makes sense. Let’s take a look at a few.
#1: Unified Devices & Apps
To start with, you don’t have to deal with two seemingly disparate systems joined at the hip: one to manage devices (Device Manager) and one to manage apps (App Controller). XenMobile 10 offers a unified platform to manage devices and apps in a holistic and consistent fashion. While unification is at all layers of the product, the most visible manifestation is a unified console – the XenMobile console – to manage users, devices, and apps.
For example, XenMobile 10 offers RBAC and Local User support within the console for managing both devices and apps. The console offers flexible and consistent ways to list, filter, and act on devices and apps. Dashboard widgets give a holistic view of the operational status of the system. And you can avoid configuring things in two places — for example, certificates, directory services, packages, roles, etc. We have recorded a whopping 50% reduction in steps required to configure device policies in the new console.
#2: Simplified Cluster Management
At the infrastructure level, you no longer have to maintain two sets of clusters with different scaling characteristics. This reduces the number of VMs you have to maintain and frees up some infrastructure as well. You can upgrade and patch the cluster nodes in a uniform and simple way. And, you can easily capture supportability info for all nodes in a cluster.
#3: Simpler High Availability & Scaling
You can achieve high availability and near linear scaling by simply replicating hardened VM nodes in the cluster. There is a single database for the system running on SQLServer. This enables you to use enterprise standard practices for database management and deployment, including for example, a Disaster Recovery configuration.
#4: Active Directory Improvements
There’s more under the hood. For example, Active Directory integration in XenMobile 10 is enhanced significantly to do on-demand Active Directory synchronization, making it more robust and scalable when dealing with large Active Directory databases. An especially important feature is the new and scalable way that deeply nested groups in Active Directory are handled.
#5: New Google Cloud Support
Support for Android Google Cloud Messaging also increases the scalability of deployments with a large Android fleet.
#6: Better User Experience
Users will be delighted too: XenMobile 10 supports a completely redesigned app store with social features like ratings and reviews.
There are many good and important reasons to move to XenMobile 10. But let’s face it, you have questions: What are the risks? What can go wrong? Will users have to re-enroll? These are all valid concerns.
Rest assured: when you upgrade, your policies and configurations are preserved and users stay enrolled.
What you need to know is that a large number of XenMobile customers with medium to large deployments have successfully upgraded to XenMobile 10. They are now ready to take advantage of additional features that are flowing into the new platform. You should too!
Here are a few resources to get you started:
- XenMobile 10 Product Documentation
- XenMobile 10 Upgrade Tool
- Configuring Clustering for XenMobile 10 Clusterings for XenMobile 10
- Disaster Recovery Guide for XenMobile