Citrix builds on Microsoft Windows as its “Innovation Platform” and continues to expand upon the successful alignment pioneered through the collaboration between Microsoft and Citrix in the application delivery marketplace. Partners for over 22 years, Citrix and Microsoft offer joint solutions that enable more than 230,000 businesses worldwide to reduce costs, increase IT flexibility and agility by centralizing Windows-based applications, desktops and servers in the datacenter; dynamically delivering them to users anywhere, on any device. Citrix’s tight integration with Windows Server, Hyper-V server virtualization, Remote Desktop Services presentation virtualization, and System Center provide end to end virtualization solutions for customers of all sizes.
The implementation of Windows 8.1 will bring dramatic improvements in security, data protection, management, and user experience. At the same time, the migration to Windows 8.1 faces potential long term disruptions to IT and users alike. Desktop virtualization with Citrix XenDesktop offers a better way forward. By using XenDesktop to virtualize both applications and desktops in the datacenter, and deliver them to users on demand, IT can enable a rapid, smooth Windows 8.1 rollout by leveraging existing investments in desktop infrastructure and ensuring that all user data, settings, and critical information is managed and backed up in real-time.
Most desktop virtualization offerings in the marketplace require you to buy additional management technology, and usually do not leverage your existing investments in infrastructure management. The joint Microsoft-Citrix desktop virtualization offering delivers an integrated management suite to let IT to manage both physical and virtual desktops from a single, familiar management console, which reduces the complexity of managing multiple environments, and allows IT to work with the familiar environment that they are trained. Learn more about desktop virtualization scenarios from POC to Enterprise level deployment.