Citrix has updated its XenClient virtualisation tool for laptops with the addition of personalisation and profile management technology already implemented in its XenDesktop platform. The firm said the move would enable greater freedom for users to customise their virtual environment, including the ability to install local apps.
Available to download from 12 August, XenClient 5 now allows mobile workers to operate across laptops, tablets and smartphones using their hosted or local virtual desktop, along with their files and documents, according to Citrix.
XenClient, which is included in the XenDesktop Enterprise and Platinum editions, delivers centrally managed virtual desktop environments to corporate laptops. It uses virtualisation to create separate personal and work environments on the machine, with the latter under corporate admin control, akin to the way BlackBerry Balance works on BlackBerry smartphones.
The XenClient 5 update integrates Personal vDisk technology, which Citrix gained though its acquisition of RingCube a couple of years ago. Already integrated into XenDesktop, Personal vDisk stores user data separately from the virtual machine image, allowing users to have their own preferences, data and more importantly, locally installed apps.
The update also integrates XenClient with ShareFile to synchronise data across local and hosted virtual desktop environments.
Citrix vice president for client virtualisation Mitch Parker said: "With this new level of integration with XenDesktop and seamless personalisation and synchronisation across devices, XenClient further enables enterprises to go mobile. Users have the ability to work from any device, even offline with their laptops, and IT achieves greater security and manageability."
Citrix said that customers currently on a XenDesktop Subscription Advantage contract can download XenClient 5 for free. Organisations interested in a trial can download XenClient Enterprise 5 and create a test environment for up to 10 users.
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