Citrix has launched Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac, a client virtualization solution.
DesktopPlayer gives users the ability to work on their Windows virtual desktops in any network scenario including over low-quality connections, congested Wi-Fi hotspots, etc.
Calvin Hsu, vice president, Product Marketing, Desktops and Apps at Citrix, said: “Enterprises are deploying desktop virtualization to enable mobile workstyles and manage the diversity of devices that users are bringing into the workplace.”
DesktopPlayer with XenDesktop enables users to switch between local and hosted virtual desktops with ongoing synchronization of personal profiles and data. This allows users to work on their MacBook laptop, then seamlessly switch to any other device to access their cloud-hosted virtual desktop.
Arthur Blakely, senior systems administrator, Progrexion, said: “Citrix DesktopPlayer makes it super easy to give a preconfigured Windows VM to Mac users all around the corporation. It is far easier than VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop.”
End users gain freedom to work anywhere, independent of network conditions, and IT gains control with the ability to centrally-manage Windows virtual desktops delivered to either corporate or personally-owned ‘bring-your-own’ (BYO) MacBooks.
Forrester expects sales of new laptops used for BYO will grow from over 5 million in 2014 to over 7 million by 2016, significantly expanding the number of BYO laptops already in use within enterprises.
By 2016, Forrester expects the number of employees using their own laptop or tablet to double1, significantly expanding the number of BYO laptops already in use within enterprises.
In addition, a recent Citrix survey found that enterprises expect the presence of BYO MacBooks will grow from 5 percent of their employee base today to 16 percent by 20162.
Michael Thompson, virtualization engineer, Raymond James Financial, said: “DesktopPlayer is the perfect solution for our BYO Mac employees. It’s easy to use and performs very well, and it allows us to provide our corporate Windows image without having to wipe the users’ devices.”