It is always exciting when the first emails start to come in with feedback on a new software release. A few weeks ago, the Apollo team put out a second Tech Preview release of our accelerated bitmap remoting technology for 3D graphics acceleration on XenDesktop. This release introduced support for delivering 3D professional graphics applications -- both OpenGL and DirectX based -- over a DSL-like WAN/Internet connection (1.5 – 6 Mbps). With this new technology, companies can keep their intellectual property safe in the delivery center while enabling workers to access 3D applications remotely, even from another continent. Here are some of the early comments:

  • “We have been extremely impressed by early results while testing the Apollo Tech Preview with [Autodesk] Revit Architecture.” -- Global architectural firm, testing over high latency trans-Atlantic WAN links.
  • “The [test subjects’] reactions are positive so far. At 1.5 Mbps it is still very usable.” -- Major software vendor.
  • “So far this is the only product to have anywhere near acceptable performance.” -- Top tier system integrator.
  • “[We’re] doing user testing and so far everyone is loving it.” -- Diversified manufacturer of commercial and defense products.

Based on the positive response, we are now accepting additional organizations into our Tech Preview Program. So if you’d like to “kick the tires”, please complete the application form at www.citrix.com/apollo3Dgraphics.

Derek Thorslund
Product Strategist, Multimedia Virtualization