A favorite among virtualized desktops in the corporate world—Citrix XenClient has a newer, improved model on its way in response to its positive reception in the enterprise. Corporations worldwide are now testing a tech preview of the descendant, Citrix XenClient 2.
For those who don’t already know, Citrix XenClient is a centrally managed, virtual desktop that you can run on any laptop—even when disconnected from your corporate network. The upgraded version will have a much wider range of hardware than its predecessor, according to writer Stephen Withers who travelled to San Francisco last month as the guest of Citrix to learn more about what we can expect.
The director of product management at Citrix, Peter Blum told Withers a volume enterprise model with Core i7 and vPro “gives you the best performance,” running on workstation-class notebooks like the HP EliteBook, which we rent at Vernon Computer Source and in the U.K. at Hamilton Rentals. The Citirix XenClient 2 and a HP EliteBook 8460p business laptop rental may be just the match your company needs for your next training seminar or on-site project, as the software further provides direct access to AMD FirePro and Radeon graphics.
If you’re looking for serious security, you may want to consider XenClient XT, scheduled to ship this month, designed to meet the needs of government and defense customers by taking advantage of features of Intel’s Core vPro platform. Users can check for a known “good” configuration at boot time to ensure there have been no unauthorized modifications.