Adobe Acrobat DC Expands Virtualization Support for Named User Licensing

by Stephanie Baartz-Bowman

posted on 01-10-2017

What keeps CIO’s and IT managers up at night? They have to find ways to save money and man-hours, but still effectively and efficiently manage IT infrastructure. It’s no easy task. More and more employees work remotely, anywhere, and use any number of devices. To keep up with the ever-increasing speed of business, many IT organizations have adopted virtualization practices across their business to meet these challenges head on. Virtualization is the process of hosting applications and desktops on central servers, then publishing them to employees to access from their devices.

For example, imagine that your business runs a global call center with employees dispersed throughout the world. Each of them is using various tablets, mobile devices, and desktops to get the job done. If you have a new app to deploy to those employees, it will be very costly and inefficient to try to update each of their devices individually. Virtualization means only having to update once and push once to all employees, wherever they are. It means fewer machines, desktops, and servers to manage. For the business, it also helps to reduce the time to market for your product. For remote employees, this means having the capabilities they need anywhere on any device.

Named User Virtualization in Acrobat DC

Through our support of leading virtualization platforms like Citrix, VMware and Microsoft, Adobe Acrobat DC offers customers access to everything they need to create digital document workflows on these virtual platforms. Global brands across industries from aerospace to financial services have been deploying Acrobat through virtualization.

Today we’re announcing that IT managers can now deliver secure, named user access to Adobe Acrobat DC via Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, as well as VMware Horizon, the industry leading virtual app and desktop solutions. Named user access is a licensing agreement that allows IT managers to deploy the software to multiple systems, but only the named user can access the app or the desktop at any given time. Acrobat DC named user access is already available for Microsoft App-V.

IT administrators benefit from the control that named user licensing offers:

For remote employees, they will have Acrobat functionality anywhere, any time, and any place.

A Streamlined Experience for IT and Employees

The new named user license for Acrobat DC virtualization is an intuitive, secure experience for both IT administrators and employees. IT managers simply create an Acrobat DC image with their standard deployment and customization tools, and deploy the image to the server. The last step is publishing Acrobat DC to users that should have access through an access URL. All designated employees have to do is launch the app as if it were on their desktop.

For IT administrators and managers to learn more about Acrobat DC and virtualization, visit our Enterprise Administration Guide.


Products: Acrobat, Document Cloud