Citrix has unveiled a new release of its XenDesktop client virtualisation platform, promising easier setup and management for customers, plus the inclusion of XenClient, which delivers centrally managed virtual desktops to laptop users as well.
XenDesktop 5, shipping later in Q4 2010, adds a number of new features and enhancements including a Desktop Director admin console and updates to the Citrix Receiver Client for end-user self-provisioning. It also finally includes XenClient, which brings laptop users under XenDesktop’s reach for the first time.
Speaking at the company’s Synergy summit in Berlin, Citrix chief executive Mark Templeton said that XenDesktop 5 makes it easier than ever for customers to implement desktop virtualisation.
“We call it ‘ten to Xen’,” he commented, claiming customers can be up and running in as little as 10 minutes with Citrix’s XenDesktop virtual desktop components.
For administrators, the new Desktop Director console provides a powerful way to monitor, troubleshoot and support virtual desktops. It delivers “a ‘big-world’ view of your desktop infrastructure, but lets you zoom right in to anywhere there is an issue,” Templeton said.
On the client side, Citrix’s HDX technology for delivering multimedia in a remote desktop session has been enhanced with intelligent quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities that not only adapt to the available bandwidth, but continuously adjust the QoS to provide a seamless Windows experience to the user.
Meanwhile, Receiver, Citrix’s universal client for access to desktops and applications, now provides single sign-on capability to applications whether they are Windows executables, web apps, or software-as-a-service apps such as Salesforce.com.
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