Citrix aims to bring virtualisation to offline users

XenClient is 'missing piece of jigsaw'

Citrix claims to have cracked one of the limitations of desktop virtualisation - how to continue working when a machine is offline. Citrix has announced a beta release of XenClient, its client-side virtualisation product that allows users to continue working on virtual desktops even when they're disconnected from the network.

The company has worked with Intel to install a bare metal hypervisor, based on Intel's vPro virtualisation technology.

"The great downside of desktop virtualisation is that users have to be connected to the network, whether that's through the LAN, WAN or through 3G mobile," said Patrick Irwin, product marketing manager at Citrix. "XenClient avoids that problem, if you're disconnected, you can just carry on working as before and sync when you get online again,"

The product has been expected for some time. "We released Xen Desktop 4 last year, but it was missing support for mobile workers, "said Irwin, "but Xen Client is the missing piece of the jigsaw."

He said that there were three great strengths to the product, "It's secure - if the device gets lost or stolen, the administrator can kill centrally; it offers great performance and it's flexible, for example, it could offer a variety of desktops to user, a personal one and a business one."

Irwin said the use of the bare-metal hypervisor increased its appeal. "Companies are wary of Type 2 hypervisors," he said, " as introduced complexity by piling hypervisor software on top of operating system. It means that machines don't run too well - we've got round that by the use of bare metal.

XenClient Express, a free trial and evaluation kit is available for immediate download beginning today. While Citrix has also put up a video on "The Making of XenClient" for further information. Irwin said that XenClient was expected to be included with the launch of the new version of Xen Desktop later this year.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Citrixvirtualistaion

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Maxwell Cooter

Techworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?