I have a few minutes between meetings here today, so I figured those who aren able to attend iForum might be interested in some of the latest announcements and happenings. In particular, I like to talk about the new Dynamic Desktop Initiative that was unveiled yesterday keynotes.

Citrix unveiled its new iniative around delivering desktops in a dynamic way yesterday. A dynamic desktop is a reolutionary new Windows-based desktop that delivered over a network and optimized for office workers tasks from simple to complex types of tasks. dynamic desktop desktop delivery into a number of distinct layers:

  • Windows-based access device - this is the where the user sits; any device with mouse, keyboard and display with a suitable network connection capability
  • Network connection - any network connection (dialup, SSL/VPN, IPSec VPN, LAN, WAN, wireless, etc.)
  • Windows desktop - this is the Windows-based desktop operating system, which consists of Windows Terminal Server and/or Windows XP (and Vista)
  • Desktop delivery infrastructure - a number of components that manage and deliver the desktop experience over a network connection, including the new Desktop Broker, existing remoting protocols (ICA and RDP), session management infrastructure and a desktop access point (e.g., Web Interface and PNAgent).
  • Desktop experience management tools – instrumentation and monitoring tools that track the client-side, network server-side performance (e.g., Edgesight technology) and quickly pinpoint user experience issues and their root cause.

By virtualizing the desktop delivery, it now possible to match the optimal type of desktop resources to each kind of user need.

Scott Heren, Group VP and General Manager of Citrix Virtualization Systems Group demonstrated the DDI during his keynote yesterday. The demo showed how quickly DDI will enable IT to upgrade users from Windows XP to Vista desktops, when these desktops are hosted in the datacenter and delivered as dynamic desktops.

We watched as the user desktop was upgraded from Windows XP to Vista less than 30 seconds. Then, we saw the administration interface where farms of dynamic desktops are managed, and where IT administrators manage the desktops delivered to users (through the familiar AMC).

DDI supports three simultaneous types of dynamic desktop delivery:

  1. Simple Fast (Terminal Services Published Desktop) This type of desktop is highly efficient, reliable and best for office workers who perform identical, routine tasks such as those in call centers, banks or retail centers. runs on a Windows-based device and has minimal power requirements. what has traditionally been called the published desktop, the OS and applications are delivered to match the simple and fast requirements of large populations of users with similar computing requirements. As a result, the simple and fast mode yields the best TCO. This type of desktop is analagous to a traditional desktop found in Presentation Server today.
  2. Personal Versatile (VM-based, Windows XP/Vista Desktop) This type of desktop is best for workers who perform non-repetitive and more complex tasks such as those in accounting or finance because it both personal and versatile. It combines a Windows-based access device, desktop delivery infrastructure, a virtual machine, and desktop experience management tools. can easily update and upgrade this desktop, saving time and improving TCO. as a service, enhancements are instant, security is best, and it portable to support virtual working from anywhere. This type of desktop support multiple users hosted on a server, where each user session runs within its own virtual machine instance.
  3. High Performance Powerful (Dedicated Client Blade, Windows XP/Vista Desktop) This type of desktop is best suited for workers such as design engineers, software developers, or financial traders who perform complex, knowledge-based tasks using a wide range of compute-intense applications. desktops are the most powerful and offer the ultimate in performance and flexibility. run on dedicated blade PCs in the data center and scale for practically unlimited storage, memory, and performance.

Two key product deliverables were announced:

1) Desktop Broker for CPS Customers, Now Downloadable Desktop Broker is available immediately to Citrix Presentation Server 4 customers with an active Subscription Advantage agreement. Customers can freely download a copy of the Desktop Broker and use it on CPS 4 download it others interested in evaluating Desktop Broker can download a trial version beginning on Nov. 6, 2006.

2) New Comprehensive Desktop Delivery Product, Coming in 2007 - Citrix unveiled its plans to deliver a new, comprehensive dynamic desktop delivery product line in 2007. This will be a new product that includes what we known as desktop capabilities for years, plus the new Desktop Broker capabilities, plus it will come bundled with EdgeSight and Tarpon application streaming technologies. This is known as Project Trinity.

By including Tarpon technology within Project Trinity, it should be possible for dynamic desktops to be created that receive applications owned by IT and by departments. For example, IT can use a single, common Windows XP desktop image that serves a broad range of users (reducing the number of unique desktop images needed), then stream the right applications to each type of user.

It should also be possible for departments and business units to leverage Tarpon to stream their applications into the desktop environment safely, as well. This flexibility provides different organizations to manage their respective and ensure users have access to the right set of applications, without worrying about having to install apps on desktops anymore.

EdgeSight technology will provide the deep visibility into the various layers of the dynamic desktop infrastructure, enabling IT to quickly pinpoint trouble spots, performance bottlenecks and deliver the best possible dynamic desktop user experience.

Immediate access to both live and pre-recorded demos of dynamic desktops (including access to a dynamic Vista desktop running on DDI today) is now available. Desktop Broker feature brings Citrix application virtualization technologies to the desktop. provides a common management console for both application and desktop delivery, and offers Citrix traditional performance and user experience advantages over any type of public or private network. Many of Citrix farm management and session management benefits are available, including the ability to publish a dynamic desktop through the popular Web Interface (which integrates with popular portals, like Sharepoint, WebSphere et al).

The Desktop Broker also provides for logical groupings of desktops for easier management and delivery to users. Both and images are available. A pooled image is a desktop image that is standardized across a group of users with similar needs; e.g., call center users, software developers, traders, engineers, etc. private image is a desktop image that provides each user with their own unique dynamic desktop environment that can be more personalized according to that user own needs.

Through transparent session brokering, Desktop Broker allows users to automatically connect to the dynamic desktop that best suited for them and their work needs. enables seamless connection of users to desktops running on Windows Terminal Services, Microsoft Virtual Server, VMware XenEnterprise or blade servers that reside in the data center. leverages Citrix ICA protocol combined with RDP to efficiently deliver the virtualized end-to-end session, along with the usual session management and many other features commonly found in a CPS 4 environment.

The Desktop Broker feature of Server Citrix initial desktop delivery offering and is fully compatible with Citrix end-to-end application delivery infrastructure solutions, including Citrix Presentation Server 4, Project Citrix Netscaler, Citrix EdgeSight, Citrix Access Gateway and Citrix WANscaler.

For more information on Desktop Broker and Citrix Dynamic Desktop Initiative and access to both live and pre-recorded demos of dynamic desktops, please visit Read the official press release on the Dynamic Desktop Initiative here.

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