LAS VEGAS: Citrix has revealed a version of the firm's HDX virtualisation technology to enable virtual apps and desktops to run on Raspberry Pi system-on-a-chip boards.
Citrix chief executive Kirill Tatarinov explained at the Citrix Synergy conference in Las Vegas that making the running of virtualised applications more flexible and diverse has resulted in enabling HDX for the Raspberry Pi.
“We now have Citrix HDX running in a system-on-a-chip environment. We’ve been able to get the thinnest client in the industry to work with Citrix technology,” he said.
The Raspberry Pi was created to help children learn how to code and for technology enthusiasts to tinker with, but it has apparently made its way into the enterprise world.
“From my conversations with customers this is the form factor that people want to embrace and start using for their virtualised desktop deployment as they essentially go through the reimaging of their enterprise,” said Tatarinov.
One of the reasons for this is the size and cost of the Raspberry Pi, which in its current third generation is under £50.
Despite the low cost, the Raspberry Pi is capable of supporting virtual applications and desktops, even those that make use of high-end graphics and video.
Bill Burley, general manager of workspace services at Citrix, suggested that the Pi is an appealing device for companies looking to run virtualised machines without spending money on laptops, PC or tablets.
“Over the years if you analyse buying a PC, not just the upfront costs but the ongoing management needs of that PC, you start to realise it consumes a lot of capital expenditure that goes on delivering a virtualised environment,” he said in a press briefing.
“We [partnered] with them because we realised we can get total video and high-end graphics on this card.”
Burley explained that offering virtual desktops and apps through a cheap device could change how people access and consume cost-effective hardware.
“It changes the dynamic of how you consume technology if it drops below $100. Just like you get your cables out of a vending machine at work, you’re going to be able to get a Raspberry Pi. You can get this thing under $100. It’s really going to change the dynamics [of virtualisation],” he said.
Adding Citrix virtualisation technology to the Raspberry Pi could certainly make the system-on-a-chip more appealing to companies looking to undergo digital transformations but with an eye on keeping costs down.
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