Citrix Product Announcements

By Steve Wexler  |  Print this article Print

HP, Dell, McAfee, Wyse, Devon IT and WhipTail Tech are among the vendors that announced new products and partnerships at the Citrix channel and customer event. Meanwhile Citrix focused on the importance of demos in showing customers the true value behind desktop virtualization.

Many of those vendor partners of Citrix also made announcements at the conference. Meanwhile Citrix's own announcements included the following:

  • the first public release of Citrix XenClient, a new client-side virtualization solution, developed in collaboration with Intel that allows centrally managed virtual desktops to run directly on corporate laptops and PCs, even when they are disconnected from the network;
  • the Citrix Cloud Solution portfolio;
  • a new 'Safe Zone’ technology that makes it easier to securely embrace virtual computing;
  • a preview of its HDX 'Nitro’ high-definition technologies;
  • XenServer 5.6; and
  • the NetScaler VPX virtual appliance and NetScaler Pay-as-You-Grow 'Burst Packs’.

XenClient highlights include:

  • XenClient Bare Metal Hypervisor enables each virtual machine to run side-by-side directly on the hardware, rather than hosted within the installed operating system;
  • Citrix Receiver for XenClient is a lightweight client that lets users create and manage their own local virtual desktops, or access centrally managed corporate virtual desktops; and,
  • Synchronizer for XenClient enables user data to be backed up automatically through a secure connection over the internet.

XenClient Express, which includes the XenClient bare metal hypervisor, Citrix Receiver for XenClient and Synchronizer for XenClient, is free for public download. XenClient is expected to become generally available with the next release of Citrix XenDesktop later this year.

Consisting of seven turnkey solutions, the cloud portfolio is based on an open technology stack with deep interoperability between layers, enabling enterprises to leverage existing investments, including third-party virtualization technologies and tools.  The solutions include: on-boarding for seamless migration of existing applications and workloads; development and test; disaster recovery; compliance; and on-demand applications, desktops and demos.

Available today as a Tech Preview, the 'Safe Zone’ technology automatically encrypts all data created by corporate applications delivered to users via Citrix XenApp or Microsoft App-V, storing them transparently in dedicated safe zone directories.

Highlights include:

  • 256 bit AES encryption of data;
  • a dedicated folder with seamless user access to store, share and transfer data;
  • granular application and data access control, lock and delete triggers for corporate data, and key recovery to unlock encrypted data; and
  • centrally managed and controlled from Citrix Merchandising Server, the back-end server component of Citrix Receiver, with easy install and "silent" updates.

The HDX enhancements planned for upcoming releases of XenDesktop and XenApp should result in faster performance across-the-board, from instant start-up of apps, to sense-and-respond technology that optimizes each user’s connection based on the capabilities of their device and network connection.

They include:

  • Project Mach 3, new advances in the Citrix Receiver client targeted to deliver up to 3X faster virtual desktop performance;
  • Project Zoom - Instant App Launch;
  • Project Laser for faster printing at just 10 percent of the bandwidth currently required;
  • Project Mercury to deliver a high-definition virtual computing experience at up to 300 ms of latency; and
  • Project Dynamo – Dynamic Sense-and-Respond Rendering.

Available on May 28, XenServer 5.6 delivers enhanced virtualization management capabilities for both the free XenServer, as well as the more advanced Enterprise and Platinum editions. Citrix also introduced a low-priced XenServer Advanced Edition for customers running the free version to add more advanced high availability and management capabilities.