Citrix’s ‘XenClient for the Mac’ promises faster, more secure virtualization

Citrix has come up with a “new virtualization solution XenClient for the Mac,” Arnold Kim reports for Mac Rumors. “Virtualization is the process by which you can run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single computer. It has been frequently used on the Mac to run Microsoft’s Windows in conjunction with Mac OS X. Citrix first started publicizing their plans for a new kind of Virtualization called ‘Type 1 hypervisor” back in January. “

Kim reports, “The technology promises to offer a faster and more secure virtualization environment than existing solutions. Parallel’s and VMWare’s solutions are considered ‘Type 2 hypervisors’ which must run under a host operating system such as Mac OS X. While this simplifies the implementation, it also results in potential security vulnerabilities as well as a performance penalty due to the added level of abstraction. In contrast, ‘Type 1 hypervisors’ run directly on the “bare metal” hardware.”

“The performance of these ‘Type 1’ virtual machines should be on par with running entirely natively and would be comparable to booting directly using Apple’s Boot Camp on a Mac,” Kim reports. “Each virtual environment has full access to the 3D hardware. Traditionally, these features have been handicapped on virtual machines, requiring Mac users to reboot to take full advantage… Citrix did not give an exact release date for the Mac version of XenClient.”

More info, links, and video in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “James W.” for the heads up.]

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