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Three screens and a cloud: A new love story

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 7, 2010
Reporting from Berlin where Citrix Synergy 2010 is underway,'s online editor finds out how high-speed internet, virtualization and cloud computing are re-inventing work and impacting business growth, as seen by the CEO of Citrix, Mark Templeton.

According to Templeton, the three screens are here to stay and for them to be used seamlessly, virtual computing is a necessity. With this example, he introduced a Citrix product called, Work-shift, that helps to move work to a more optimal place.

New products

After setting the tone for his nearly two hour long address, Templeton went on to introduce (with demos) several new products or developments from Citrix and its partners. One of them is the companys integrated conferencing tool, GoToMeeting with HD faces. The new version, that comes without any increase in price, shows up to six video feeds with full-show HD resolution. The tool automatically arranges the faces on a side of the panel and uses the rest of the screen to display documents or content. This is a software-driven tool and has been designed for public internet. It is entering into beta phase in October this year and will be commercially available in the first quarter of next year. With this, Templeton said that GoToMeeting is going global, with German and French versions being released this year.

The other major announcements during the address included XenDesktop 5, release of new Citrix OpenCloud Access and Bridge products, release of new Citrix Receiver, release of McAfee MOVE AV, and release of a new version of Citrix XenServer.

According to Templeton, the new XenDesktop 5 brings unprecedented levels of simplicity and power to virtual desktops for both users and IT. It supports a wide range of new consumer devices, thousands of new third-party products and an entirely new generation of web and software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps. The latest version also extends the benefits of desktop virtualization to millions of laptop users for the first time ever, giving them virtual desktops to go with the new Citrix XenClient hypervisor.

To support the new XenDesktop 5 release, Citrix also unveiled an extensive new initiative to help customers move from the wow of desktop virtualization to the how of successful implementation, leveraging the collective wisdom of thousands of customers who have already successfully transformed their enterprise desktop strategies by going virtual.

The newly unveiled release of Citrix Receiver is said to add extensive user experience enhancements, including the ability to touch-enable existing Windows applications on any touchscreen tablet and smartphone, as well as support for a broad range of exciting new devices such as the BlackBerry PlayBook, Cisco Cius, Dell Streak and the Samsung Galaxy offerings. Citrix also previewed a new version of its popular Citrix Receiver for iPad which will be suitable for the upcoming Apple iOS 4.2 software release. Templeton said that hese enhancements give IT the power to say yes to employees and contractors bringing these new devices into the workforce, or teleworking from their home PC or Mac.


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