1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    One of the many challenges for enterprise IT departments embracing “bring your own device” (BYOD) schemes is that they lose control of the highly controlled managed desktop environments they’ve created over the years. This is especially true when employees decide that their device of choice is going to be a MacBook. Citrix recently announced a solution that will make both employees and their IT departments happy, Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac.

    For many enterprises, Citrix XenDesktop provides a way to create standard cloud-based desktop images complete with operating system, productivity apps like Microsoft Office, policy controls and proprietary applications with the ability to distribute those images to networked employees. Any changes that need to be made to the image usually go through rigorous testing and then the revised image is pushed to employee PCs. The new Citrix Desktop Player brings the ability for MacBook users to use the same Windows virtual desktop images on their devices, even when there’s no network availability.

    Although the base OS X load on the MacBook remains under the control of the employee, the enterprise gains control of the virtual desktop. Citrix claims that an IT department can:

    …prevent access to, expire or even remotely wipe local virtual desktops in the event of device loss, theft or when an employee or contractor leaves the company.
    The Citrix DesktopPlayer comes at the right time, as the company cited information from Forrester Research showing that by 2016, the number of employees using their own laptop or tablet will double. Citrix did its own survey and found that BYO MacBooks will grow from a present level of 5% of employee base in enterprises to 16% by 2016.The software is available as a XenDesktop FlexCast add-on at $75 USD per user/per device. The company has a 90-day free trial available for those that want to give it a whirl before deciding on whether to purchase or not. The free-trial can be used with Synchronizer to manage up to 10 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptops.

    Will any of you be trying out Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac?

    Source: Citrix

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2014-01-10 08:59 AM
  2. kemalmurt's Avatar
    I will try it but will not keep it..
    2014-01-10 11:54 PM
  3. hemptation's Avatar
    Yea this is for big businesses as well. My wife is an RN. And in order to run her charting from home she has to go thru Citrix. It's the only reason we have a pC. So this is awesome news for us
    2014-01-11 01:33 AM