You might have seen my blog post on application virtualization with VM hosted apps and that of Harry Labana on the same topic. With this new technology planned for Citrix XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2, In previous versions on XenApp we’ve said we have “complete application compatibility” or the “broadest application compatibility” but as applications continue to evolve and change we need to introduce technology that continues to deliver on that promise. VM hosted apps lets us do that. If you haven’t seen it, VM hosted apps let’s you deliver virtual applications from centrally hosted Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 virtual machines.

What’s interesting is that this feature makes XenApp the solution with the broadest number of options for delivering applications to users on any device in a seamless and high performance way. Check it out…

  • Way 1 & 2 – Deliver server-hosted apps from XenApp running on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
  • Way 3 – Deliver apps from XenApp directly to the user device via application streaming. This works great for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktops.
  • Way 4, 5 & 6 – Deliver VM hosted apps from XenApp as hosted on centralized Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktops
  • Way 7 – Deliver server-hosted apps from XenApp running on Sun Solaris, IBM AIX and HP UX

Now you can certainly argue that we actually have 9 ways if you count the UNIX as 3 platforms. You can also argue that we have 4 or 3 depending on how you group them. But there is no arguing that XenApp gives you the most options for delivering applications to any user on any device in the most seamless and high performance way while ensuring the highest level of application compatibility. What’s more if you consider the fact that we’ve already announced we’re working on integrating App-V support into XenApp and the inevitable support for Windows Server 2008 R2, you can add 2 more ways to this stack. You might even say that since we also support the use of the RDP client as a fallback option for applications delivered via XenApp Web interface that adds another one. So, all in all I’ve mentioned 12 different ways of delivering apps via XenApp.

Now, you can argue that 100% application compatibility is a nice round number to use for marketing but you’ve at least got to agree that XenApp continues to remain pretty darned close. What’s your opinion?

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