LinuxFest Northwest 2012

Bellingham, WA April 28th & 29th

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XenClient: Client-side virtualization, and how to take Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offline

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This talk will present the XenClient client-side hypervisor and Synchronizer image management tool. XenClient (XC) is a high-performance bare-metal hypervisor that runs directly on client device hardware, dividing up the resources of a machine and enabling multiple operating systems to run side by side in complete isolation.

The Synchronizer enables IT administrators to centrally manage virtual desktops, backing up user data when a network connection is available, defining security policies on a per-VM basis, disabling lost or stolen laptops, and transferring a user's virtual desktop to any compatible device. After some high-level discussion of use-cases and applications, we will dive into an in-depth technical exploration of the XC/Synchronizer internals, architecture, and APIs. We will then conclude with our vision for the future.

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