In continuation of the Citrix products exploration, we will move further and learn about XenMobile.
XenMobile is a software released by Citrix Systems Inc., that provides Mobile Device Management [MDM] and the Mobile Application Management [MAM].
In brief, the XenMobile product facilitates the businesses to manage their employees’ mobile devices and applications.
It centralizes the management of mobile devices, traditional desktop, laptops, and IoT in a single platform. Thus, it increases the productivity as the employees are able to work securely on enterprise-owned and personal mobile devices and apps as well.
The IT can share their data on the cloud, on-premises or a combination of both in a secure manner.
It forms the major ingredient to deliver a mobile workspace. If you are using XenApp or the XenDesktop, then the integration of Xenmobile is much easier.
The addition of XenMobile to the existing XenApp and XenDesktop environment looks as depicted in the diagram below.
The remote users of XenDesktop and the Xenmobile users are supported by the modular design i.e., Citrix 5-layer.
The components include User Layer, Access layer, Resource layer, Control layer and the Hardware layer.
It depicts the user groups and their access to the desktops. And, as such the user may become the mobile user at any time supporting 1000 to 8000 users. However, 1000 steady-state mobility users are specified.
The internal users can access directly to the StoreFront VMs. The two NetScaler 10500 system manages the remote users. It directs the mobile users to the XenMobile environment and the desktop users to the redundant StoreFront VMs.
It dictates the virtual desktops, applications or the XenMobile environment to the users. The desktop comprises of the Hosted shared desktops (HSD); Random pooled desktops and the Static pooled desktops with a personal vDisk.
It dictates the infrastructure VMs in support of the users to access the resources.
XenDesktop Users: VMs are created for StoreFront, XenDesktop Broker, Provisioning Services and the SQL databases.
XenMobile Users: Configuration of the database server, a mobile Device Manager [MDM] and the redundant App controllers.
It determines the physical implementation with three clusters of servers such as the HSD cluster, VDI cluster, and, the Infrastructure cluster.
XenMobile is generally deployed along with the XenDesktop or the XenApp. The IT administrators are able to possess a centralized and secure tool to manage the virtual apps, desktops, corporate-issued mobile devices or the BYOD.
A few of the benefits are listed below.
“Users can now leave the command center and effortlessly pull their session over to their mobile devices for secure real-time access in the field”, says Jason Adwell, Senior IT Systems engineer of LG&E and KU.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU) are electric and natural gas utilities are using Citrix XenMobile as an MDM solution for the last few years.
The key benefits of using XenMobile as shared by them are briefed below:
The deployment of XenMobile as a part of the workspace brings in all the changes required for centralized management of the mobile devices, desktops, laptops and the IoT. It brings in easier and efficient management as follows.
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