BERLIN: Citrix rounded off its Synergy event in Berlin by showing off some technologies it has under development, including mobile applications for XenApp and how XenDesktop could enable users to replace their laptop with a smartphone.
The company has already stated its intention to support as many mobile platforms as possible with Citrix Receiver, its universal client for accessing applications and remote desktops, but Citrix has some interesting ideas of what can be delivered through Receiver.
Martin Duursma, vice president of Citrix Labs, introduced the concept of the 'nirvana phone', a device that could be used to access full-blown Windows applications, eliminating the need for mobile users to carry a laptop.
In Citrix’s vision, this can be delivered by effectively turning the phone into a terminal to access a virtual desktop.
In a video demonstration, Citrix showed how newer smartphones with a high-definition video port can connect to a monitor and show a full-screen XenDesktop session. The phone’s own touch-screen then doubles as a touchpad for controlling the mouse pointer, while a Bluetooth wireless keyboard allows for typing.
“So you can carry one device to drive both small screen and large screen applications,” said Duursma.
Citrix also demonstrated a thin-client email application using XenApp, which delivers just the display to the end-user’s smartphone, while the application itself runs securely from the datacentre.
Dubbed Project GoldenGate, this uses a modified Receiver client to display an inbox that takes on the look and feel of the platform it is running on, such as Android or Apple iOS.
“Email is the killer app for business, but there are still challenges, such as data compliance, if you lose the device or it gets damaged,” said Duursma.
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