Videos: LFNW2012 XenClient and offline VDI
Dr. Melanie Rieback's talk - XenClient: Client-side virtualization, and how to take VDI offline
XenClient is a client-side, Type-1 hypervisor which is quite a neat concept. Basically you know how server virtualization has been amazing for servers... with one of the strong points being that it abstracts the hardware and makes deploying new systems easy? Well imagine being able to do that for end-user computers... and doing it in such a way where you can take the VM with you even when you aren't connected to the Internet/LAN... and then being able to sync back when you able to touch base. Deploying a new desktop system could be just as easy as saying, download the VM image from the storage center and go with it. That is the promise of a client-side hypervisor... but since it is type 1 (rather than type 2 which is "hosted" on top of an OS) it is much more secure and performant. Melanie especially covers the dark art that is disk and data synchronization and the challenges they bring.
This video was recorded back in April but I had a technical snag and couldn't post it until now.
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LFNW2012-XenClient-Melanie_Rieback.webm (416.4 MB)