Telecom Lead America: At Citrix Synergy, Citrix announced
the acquisition of Virtual Computer, a provider of enterprise-scale management
solutions for client-side virtualization.
Citrix will combine the newly-acquired Virtual Computer
technology with its market-leading XenClient hypervisor to create the new
Citrix XenClient Enterprise edition.
XenClient is a key component of the Citrix portfolio of
desktop virtualization solutions, which includes market-leading products like
Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp. Together, these solutions make it easy for
people to access their business apps and desktops on any device they choose,
including more than two billion PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The new XenClient Enterprise will combine all the power
of the XenClient hypervisor with a rich set of management functionality
designed to help enterprise customers manage large fleets of corporate laptops
across a distributed enterprise.
The combined solution will give corporate laptop users
the power of virtual desktops to go”, while making it far more secure and
cost-effective for IT to manage thousands of corporate laptops across today’s
increasingly mobile enterprise.
XenClient is specifically designed to target corporate
laptop users, giving them all the benefits of virtual desktops on the go, even
while disconnected from the network.
Virtual Computer is an ideal choice to accelerate
the XenClient strategy. The company, located minutes from the Citrix Boston
area offices in Bedford, MA, has long focused on scalable, centralized
management solutions for Xen-based client hypervisors.
We have seen a tremendous amount of success with
XenClient in our customer base, enabling enterprises to extend the benefits of
virtual desktops to mobile workers,” said Mitch Parker, Group vice president
and general manager, Client Virtualization at Citrix.
These customers are looking to take their virtual
desktop deployments even further, and with the acquisition of Virtual Computer,
we are able to rapidly accelerate innovation in client virtualization. This
will lead to more highly-scalable centralized management, a high-performance
user experience, and tighter integration with XenDesktop, which will help
customers deliver virtual desktops to mobile workers,” Parker added.