XenDesktop 7

Deliver virtual apps and desktops as mobile services

Citrix XenDesktop delivers Windows apps and desktops as secure mobile services. With XenDesktop, IT can mobilize the business, while reducing costs by centralizing control and security for intellectual property. Incorporating the full power of XenApp, XenDesktop can deliver full desktops or just the apps to any device. HDX technologies enable XenDesktop to deliver a native touch-enabled look-and-feel that is optimized for the type of device, as well as the network.

Why XenDesktop? (1:15)

Bring Windows apps and desktops to a mobile world.

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image Five reasons XenDesktop beats VMware Horizon™ 6 (with View)

The virtualization choice you make will define the business value you drive. Don’t you want to deliver more than VDI? XenDesktop takes a broad, flexible approach to virtualization for both desktops and apps. VMware Horizon 6 (with View) does not.
Compare XenDesktop with VMware Horizon 6 (with View)

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Comprehensive virtual desktop delivery for any use case

New Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 simplifies virtual desktop delivery and Windows app delivery to an increasingly mobile workforce. Leverage the elasticity of hybrid clouds and the security of mobile device management.


Feature Description XenApp XenDesktop
XenApp published desktops for maximum IT control and lowest cost Multiple user sessions sharing a single, locked-down Windows Server environment running in the datacenter and accessing a core set of apps. 6-10X more desktops per host as compared to VDI.
XenApp published apps for secure access to 5 generations of Windows apps on any device XenApp published apps for secure access to 5 generations of Windows apps on any device including iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices for on-demand access from anywhere lets users focus on work.
VDI desktops for maximum personalization Leverages a single desktop OS image to create multiple thin-provisioned or streamed desktops.  
VDI with Personal vDisk for maximum personalization with single image management Personal vDisk maintains user application, profile and data differences that are not part of the base image for a persistent "personal" desktop replacing the need for most dedicated desktops.  
Hosted physical desktops when hypervisors aren't required Deploy a single desktop image to workstations and blade servers in the datacenter to run graphics-intensive 3D applications on a native OS.  
Remote PC Access for secure, direct connections to office PCs Virtual Desktop Agent is installed on a physical PC inside the corporate network and automatically provisioned as a managed service available to the authorized mobile users on any device.  
Offline client virtualization for disconnected user requirements Full offline use of a client-side virtual desktop while maintaining the advantages of centralized, single image management and synchronizes updates with the datacenter.  
Deliver a Personalized Virtual Desktop Experience (2:06)

Two minute chalk talk video introducing Personal vDisk technology available in XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-Box. For more info see http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop/

Remote PC access for secure, direct connections to office PCs (1:37)

Business increasingly must face the issue of providing remote access to enterprise PCs while protecting highly sensitive intellectual property and customer data. Many organizations lock down the corporate network and turn to an SSL VPN solution for remote access, but this approach extends the secured network to unsecured remote devices, increasing risk rather than protecting against it. XenDesktop with Remote PC allows IT to centrally deploy secure remote access to Windows® PCs on a corporate network, giving users fast, high-fidelity remote access to all the corporate apps and data residing on an office PC.

Two-minute overview of Remote PC, a FlexCast delivery technology for providing secure remote access to office-based PCs.

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Increase employee productivity with anywhere access

XenDesktop empowers employees by instantly mobilizing five generations of Windows apps for use on any device, anywhere. Employees become more productive as XenDesktop cuts transaction times of client/server applications by as much as 300% and accelerates product design by as much as 50% through anytime access to 2D and 3D design data.


Feature XenApp XenDesktop
HDX™ user experience optimization for multimedia redirection, collaboration, and USB peripherals
HDX 3D Pro™ performance optimization for 2D and 3D graphics, design, and engineering apps
HDX™ Mobile optimizes Windows apps for mobile touch screen environments
WAN optimized networking for long distance, limited bandwidth high latency connections
Unified Communications optimization reduces latency with local voice and video media processing
Bandwidth-Efficient Voice and Video Collaboration (1:41)

Short video describing how HDX delivers on next generation tools for voice and video collaboration.

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Simplify IT support of BYO devices

IT can meet the increasing demand for BYO initiatives by delivering apps and desktops as an on-demand service, provisioned in real time rather than the hours of labor required to prepare traditional hardware. Executives and employees are given the freedom to leverage the power and innovation of new mobile technology without requiring IT to support the hardware.


Feature XenApp XenDesktop
Any device access with "follow-me apps" from over a billion devices including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android or any HTML-5 enabled browser
Enterprise app store for user self-service selection of authorized apps
Universal Printing services delivers a bandwidth optimized, print-anywhere solution eliminating the need for native drivers
Support for 16-, 32-, 64-bit apps on WS 2008R2/2012R2 and WinXP/7/8
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Virtual desktop security to protect sensitive information

Centrally secured virtual desktops and apps in the datacenter reduce the risk of data loss or intrusion when delivered to any device. Corporate access remains secure while intellectual property and sensitive private information stays safe.


Feature XenApp XenDesktop
Centrally secured desktop in the datacenter delivered to any device
Centrally secured apps in the datacenter delivered to any device
High security with multi-factor authentication, and activity logging for compliance support
SmartAccess™ fine-grained context-based policy controls for scenario-based access restrictions
MDM* (mobile device management) for configuring and securing user mobile devices
ShareFile integration for optimized on-demand, on or off-premises data sync and sharing (ShareFile purchased separately)
*Special promotion includes MDM with Platinum-level license. Expires September 30, 2014.
Optimize on-demand data sync and sharing with Citrix ShareFile (5:08)

Juliano Maldaner - Principal Architect ShareFile, provides an overview of the follow-me-data service. Juliano highlights key features, Citrix Receiver Integration and the product architecture with demonstrations.

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Reduce cost and complexity of app and desktop management

Improve the success rate of desktop image updates to nearly 100% through centralized management and on-demand delivery of standard images. Eliminate capital expenditures for seasonal workloads by deploying in the cloud and reduce application management costs by as much as 90% by streamlining application deployment and lifecycle management.


Feature XenApp XenDesktop
Simple to deploy with 5 min setup and easy-to-use Studdio™ console
Simplify operations with Director™ helpdesk console and built-in EdgeSight performance analytics
High availability architecture assures that users can always get a login regardless of maintenance or unplanned outages
Hybrid Cloud Provisioning seamlessly flexes or grows from the datacenter to nearly any public cloud
Automated app and desktop thin provisioning - storage optimized single image management
Microsoft AppV integration automatically provisions apps directly from the industry standard app virtualization technology
Integrated Profile Management delivers personalized desktops with single image management
AppDNA™ app compatibility testing and migration tools
Enterprise scalability for 100,000+ users and 1,000 servers
Open Architecture permits any hypervisor, storage and 3rd party management integration
Microsoft System Center integration streamlines operations and lifecycle management
WAN optimized networking for long distance, limited bandwidth high latency connections
NetScaler load-balancing (optional) for 99.999% high availability
Integration with NetScaler HDX Insight™ technology for end-to-end network monitoring of end user experience

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