“Security” came into sharper focus at this year’s Citrix Synergy conference.  Now more than ever, organizations of all types are asking us to provide them with extreme levels of security without hindering performance on the PC.  Intel and Citrix have collaborated closely for years to develop cutting-edge technologies and Intelligent Desktop Virtualization solutions that address the industry’s most pressing needs.  Citrix uses the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor platforms as its design point for XenClient. Users will receive a compelling visual experience because XenClient2 (now in Tech Preview) is optimized for Intel® HD graphics built right into the 2nd Generation Core vPro Processors, which further avoids the increased costs, system stability and power management issues that may result from the use of add-in discreet graphics cards. Today Citrix is also unveiling XenClient XT, a new edition of Citrix XenClient, that further innovates with vPro to offers the most extreme levels of security, isolation and performance delivering the confidence and control IT needs with the best possible user experience.


XenClient XT is a flexible, secure and adaptable multi-level secure local virtual desktop solution. It provides security rooted deep in the hardware through integration with Intel® vPro™ technology.  One of the features of Intel vPro is Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), which ensures that XenClient XT is checked against a known good configuration on every boot and unauthorized modifications have not been made to the system. Additionally, system secrets, like VPN security keys, are encrypted and safely stored within the trusted platform module.  XenClient XT also utilizes Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions (Intel AES-NI), which speeds up data protection by accelerating encryption operations by as much as four times.


XenClient XT is customized for organizations demanding the highest levels of security like the public sector.  As the public sector continues to strive for a cost-effective PC environment, federal agencies like the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency are planning to deploy XenCient and Intel TXT on vPro .  Since security is top of mind issue, XenClient XT and Intel provide an intelligent desktop virtualization solution that utilizes the strength of hardware-based security.


Check out Citrix Synergy and Intel’s booth (#408) in the Moscone Center to learn more about XenClient XT and XenClient 2 on Intel vPro, and the latest in joint developments with Citrix including virtualized networking with Netscaler, FlexCast delivery models on XenClient and cloud computing. Intel will also have breakout sessions at Synergy including one on intelligent desktop virtualization.