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Synergistic high-tech mind meld—HP and Citrix

Today at Citrix Synergy, Citrix continues its own long legacy of delivering innovation by announcing the much anticipated Citrix XenDesktop 7.

  • We think it is going to be a rock-solid addition to the mobile market place by reinventing Windows Virtual Apps and Desktops as a service for any mobile device.
  • Though not ready for release as part of today’s announcement, HP is thrilled to have XenDesktop 7 in our own labs and we are confident the results will be well worth the wait.
  • And just for the record, we believe Citrix XenDesktop 7 aligns perfectly with HP’s own philosophy of delivering optimized app’s and data the right way, the first time.

Free your desktop apps & build a client virtualization & mobility strategy - in just one day

By virtualizing desktop and application workloads in the datacenter they become device agnostic and available anywhere, any time without the need for complex and costly reengineering of the applications estate. Deploying client virtualization as part of a holistic mobility strategy allows an organization to bridge the gap between classic desktop services and the ultra-mobile devices that are dominating the hearts and minds of users. 

HP Client Virtualization: Hello from Citrix Synergy 2010!

I'm here in beautiful San Francisco with my fellow client virtualization fans at one of the most exciting conferences in the client virtualization industry, the 2010 Citrix Synergy event.  And it's been a great week so far with a number of big announcements from both Citrix and HP, and chock full of great sessions. 

I've got a few minutes before the next session, so here are some of this week's highlights:

  • Citrix announced their much anticipated XenClient product, which takes client virtualization to users on the move, allowing users to run multiple desktops on a single laptop, while providing the benefits that come with virtualizing your desktop.  Very cool demo at the keynote, and express versions of XenClient are available for download at the Citrix website.

  • As our partner, Citrix, announced the XenClient, HP announced the XenClient hypervisor technology readiness of the HP Compaq Elite 8000 Business Desktop and HP EliteBook 8440p Notebook PC, providing customers the power to deliver the most demanding business applications, combined with the protection of a secure, centrally managed virtual machine.

  • HP also announced the new HP 4320t Mobile Thin Client, designed to meet the security and reliability needs of remote and mobile workers. It enables secure access to server-based, virtual PC or blade PC computing solutions while providing the mobility of a reliable notebook PC.

  • And by popular demand... HP has released our VDI reference architecture for XenDesktop and XenServer! I'm particularly excited about this offering since I'm often asked about HP's take on implementing client virtualization.  Reference architectures are how we convey that, and I'm proud of what we've been able to develop jointly this with Citrix.  Check out the reference architecture in all its glory here.

  • Finally, HP also announced new RDP Enhancements for Adobe Flash, enabling the decoding and playing of embedded flash for VMware View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services environments. RDP 6 does not natively support flash, so our enhancements both decodes and plays embedded flash, enabling users to enjoy enhanced productivity and communication benefits. It takes advantage of client processors, rather than server processors, to decode flash media – lowering the CPU load on the server

Be sure to check out some of our great HP folks on short Citrix TV clips (including yours truly), recorded at the event this week!

As a final note, HP just released a new client virtualization TCO calculator if you're interested in understanding how client virtualization from HP can help you meet your business objectives.  Try it out here.  Note that your HP rep has access to a related client virtualization ROI tool that gets you an even more customized report out, so be sure to bring this up with your HP contact.

OK, going to head over to Laura Frombach's deep dive session on the new HP Reference Architecture - talk to you soon!

Until next time,

Joseph George
HP Client Virtualization Team

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