Citrix to Enable Virtualization for Laptops

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 21, 2009

Citrix Systems is working on application and desktop virtualization solutions for Intel Core2 and Centrino processor-based desktops and laptops.


The virtualization solutions will optimize the delivery of applications and desktops to Intel Core2 and Centrino 2 processor-based devices, dramatically reducing the cost of desktop management, according to Citrix. 


The new solution will be based on a bare-metal Xen-based desktop hypervisor optimized for Intel Virtualization technology and other features of Intel vPro technology. It will enable dynamic streaming of a centrally managed corporate desktop, and all related applications, directly into a client-based virtual machine (VM).


This new technology will be productized in an upcoming solution from Citrix code-named Project Independence.


The solution is targeted at offering both mobile and office users the benefits of centralized desktop virtualization with feature-rich, personalized PC environment.  It aims to provide mobile and office workers the advantage of enterprise-scale virtualization without sacrificing security, manageability, ease-of-use, performance or mobility, the company stated.


This innovative approach from Citrix and Intel has the potential to swing the pendulum toward desktop virtualization alternatives and disrupt a traditional desktop management industry that is costing enterprises billions of dollars a year today, said Mark Bowker, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).


By serving as a transparent delivery platform, this approach has the potential to positively transform the corporate desktop ownership equation and improve how enterprise IT manages the delivery of applications and desktops to their users.


Unlike server-based desktop virtualization technologies, this approach caches and executes desktop and application software directly on the PC client, enabling high performance, rich graphics and full off-network mobility for laptop users.


Citrix and Intel have worked together to lead the development of the open source industry standard Xen hypervisor, which has brought an entirely new level of openness, security and scale to the server virtualization industry, said N. Louis Shipley, group VP and general manager, XenServer product group at Citrix Systems.


Extending that collaboration to the client will enable our Citrix Delivery Center infrastructure to communicate directly with millions of Intel-based devices, changing the game in desktop virtualization in a way that benefits customers of both companies.