(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, NewLease)
Remote desktop technology has been around for years, but I have to be honest until recently I saw it as something for “special” requirements. However things have progressed rapidly and having been on a number of roadshows with the guys from Citrix recently, I am starting to be converted. The whole any device capability is a great way to offer a quality of service without having to retain control of the device itself e.g. for the digital natives and the iPad carrying execs in our organisations.
But the question of “what happens when I am offline?” has been the final blocker in the way of my full embrace. I spend a reasonable amount of time travelling and a plane at 30,000 feet is not the best place for internet access!!!
So I mentioned this “blocker” the other day to Chris Nixon, Citrix Distribution Channel Manager ANZ and to my surprise he advised that offline desktop is indeed now available. There are some caveats such as “currently only compatible Windows devices” (although I hear that they are working closely with Apple for iPads), but I am now struggling to see why people would not at least look at the Desktop as a Service capability within their organisations.
Rather than rewrite the official wording from Citrix here it is, with a couple of links to resources on the subject.
“XenApp is unique in that it is a complete system for application delivery, offering both online and offline application access through a combination of application hosting and application streaming directly to user devices. When users request an application, XenApp determines if their device is compatible and capable of running the application in question. The minimum requirements of a target device are a compatible Windows® operating system and appropriate Citrix client software. If the user device meets minimum requirements, then XenApp initiates application virtualization via application streaming directly into an isolated environment on the user’s device. In the event that the user device is not capable of running a particular application, XenApp initiates session virtualization.”