In a recent blog, I described the idea that thin clients will take on an increasingly important role in desktop virtualization deployments.  In anticipation of this, we want to provide a simple way to demonstrate to customers which thin clients are capable of delivering on the value of XenDesktop.

Case in point…the most frequent question IT managers ask Citrix regarding thin clients is: “Which thin client devices do you recommend with XenDesktop?”  What they are really asking is, ‘Which thin clients will work with all of XenDesktop’s features?’  To answer that, you have to consider all of the HDX features of XenDesktop.  You’ll recall that HDX refers to the unique capabilities of XenDesktop to deliver a high definition user experience – everything from supporting your peripherals to multi-media content delivery. 

Citrix previously established Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization as a verification program for partners to demonstrate interoperability between their products and XenDesktop.  Today, Citrix announces the expansion of the Citrix Ready framework to include verification testing of thin client devices for XenDesktop’s HDX features.  The new thin client designation is appropriately called HDX Ready.

So, how do you go about finding HDX Ready thin clients?  The best way to find such devices is to visit the Citrix Ready web pages and filter by ‘Thin Clients – HDX Ready’.  You’ll find that partners such as HP, Wyse and 10Zig have already verified several of their respective thin clients with XenDesktop 4.  Other devices and partners will follow.  You’ll find other useful resources available at that landing page as well.

So, the key message here is: if you want to leverage all of the features of XenDesktop 4, before you buy a thin client, make sure it’s HDX Ready!