Your machine(s) everywhere

Written by Ingmar Verheij on May 11th, 2010. Posted in Desktop Virtualization, XenClient

Citrix Synergy starts tomorrow in San Francisco. From wednesday 12 may till friday 14 may all updates, new features and other news is presented to the public. One thing that’s excites me most is the upcoming XenClient, a baremetal hypervisor.

Combined with a VDI solution like XenDesktop the XenClients enables the customer to take the VM outside the datacenter en get it onto his desktop / laptop using his local resources. Altough this sounds a bit like we were used to work, and in fact it is, there is a big difference.

XenDesktop 4 released, XenClient delayed.

Written by Ingmar Verheij on October 9th, 2009. Posted in XenClient

Yesterday I spoke a representative of Citrix in The Hague. Topic of discussion was XenDesktop, XenClient and why the release of XenClient was delayed to Q1 2010.
Last June Citrix CEO Mark Templeton announced XenClient to be released in H2 2009, for free. This was during the openening keynote at iForum in Antwerp (this was already announced at Synergy).

What is XenClient?
For those of you who don’t know what XenClient is, XenClient is a client hypervisor for desktops / laptops. The client hypervisor creates an isolated environment for multiple virtual machines with (almost) native performance. This solution (probably) creates the following use-cases:
– Private and work environment (completely isolated from each other);
– Multiple OS versions running at the same time during transition (XP / Win7 / MacOS);
– Demo’s with multiple VM’s including a console (instead of a master image and type 2 vm’s);
– On demand streaming of OS to desktops / laptop (instant migration!);
– Offline VDI in combination with XenDesktop;
– Single image for all models (especially useful with laptops);