Citrix XenDesktop 5 Announced

During Synergy Berlin, Citrix announced the features and availability of XenDesktop 5. XenDesktop 5 will be available Q4 2010. Calvin Hsu put together a nice overview of the new features as well.

HDX just keeps getting even more, well, HD! – XenDesktop users have always appreciated HDX technology, and the latest enhancements show that we’re not resting on our laurels. New features dramatically improve performance for resource intensive tasks like high-def video collaboration and large-file printing, even over low bandwidth connections. We’ve added 32-bit color support, as well as a new “dynamic color compression” which reacts to network conditions to adjust the amount of compression. We’ve even completely simplified the entire logon process, making it more user friendly and welcoming the first time they access their new virtual desktop.

More devices, more touch-enabled, more security – Citrix Receiveralso gets a significant facelift, with support for several new devices, including the latest tablets and smartphones. What’s more, XenDesktop 5 gives you the ability to instantly “touch-enable” existing enterprise apps that were never designed to run on new touchscreen tablets such as the Apple iPad or BlackBerry PlayBook – pretty cool!

In addition to empowering all those new devices, Receiver also incorporates the new XenVault technology that creates an encrypted data space exclusively for the use of corporate applications that you deliver through Receiver (that includes Microsoft App-V apps, too!). This not only protects corporate data on the endpoint – even when disconnected – it also enables IT to securely wipe any corporate data remotely when a contract is over, an employee terminates, or the laptop is lost or stolen.

XenClient joins the FlexCast ranks – XenClient just completed an extremely successful beta period, where the response from IT pros putting it through its paces has been just phenomenal and overwhelmingly positive. Now it is officially released and part of the many options you have for FlexCast desktop delivery. The full release of XenClient doubled the HCL from early pre-release version, which represent millions of corporate laptops in use today. Now you can have the management and security of hosted virtual desktops, with the flexibility to to work connected or disconnected

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