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Citrix Xenclient* Local Virtual Desktop Technology for Laptops

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Executive Summary

Protecting and controlling data, other IT assets, and ensuring compliance and policy enforcement within the enterprise network is challenging. But, the difficulty increases significantly when users take laptops beyond the network and connect remotely—or even work offline. The problem becomes even more complex when workers use the same laptop for personal as well as business use, as they often do. As organizations seek to increase user mobility and support strategies such as workshifting (the concept associated with moving work to the optimal time and place), solving the mobile security challenge has become a critical focus for IT. Client virtualization offers a solution.

Client virtualization solutions based on local virtual desktop technology, such as Citrix® XenClient™, enable organizations to extend the security benefits of desktop virtualization to mobile users by maintaining full security and control over the applications and data they access. IT can enforce regulatory, policy and license compliance, protect business data from theft, isolate the spread of malware, prevent data loss from user error, enforce data protection policies, and enable self-service recovery for every worker. Laptops also become easier to manage, helping IT reduce desktop costs and increase total value of ownership while enhancing employee productivity for the business.

This white paper presents the benefits of a security strategy for laptops based on local virtual desktops, including the ability to support workers in public sector environments with extreme isolation, security and performance requirements. Use cases from the energy, healthcare, and public sectors illustrate the effectiveness of this strategy for meeting real-world security requirements.