Over a dozen years ago, when I first moved to Florida, a friend mentioned Citrix to me in a casual conversation. The only thing I really caught from that conversation was something about a protocol that was faster than anything out there at the time. Many years later when I joined the company, Citrix still had the undisputed technology leadership with the fastest, most efficient delivery protocol. Despite a constant barrage of alternatives cropping up (and most disappearing) over that time, Citrix still today holds that lead. That’s hard to fathom – being able to hold a commanding technology advantage for so many years is truly rare, in any industry! 

So when the engineering team came forward and said, “we know how to make this 3X faster,” the rest of us in the product group were admittedly skeptical. HDX technology has been so become so refined over the years, how do you find room to get that kind of performance gain?!  

But they are doing it and the results are indeed going to be stunning. As fast and responsive as XenDesktop and XenApp are today, imagine if you could eliminate all network overhead completely – literally running as fast as the network will allow. Now imagine you could break out virtual channels and process them in parallel, enabling simultaneous optimizations to be applied for different content types. That’s just a taste of what HDX Nitro and Project Mach 3 are all about: ground-breaking innovation that will shatter all land-speed records for desktop virtualization.

To reveal much more would spoil the surprise. But let me leave you with one final thought: Mach 3 is the culmination of 20 years of constant innovation and development of HDX technologies. It is an achievement that comes from nurturing the best user experience technologies in the industry into maturity. VMware is just coming along now with v1.0 of PCoIP, and is claiming to be within ear shot – well, we’re about to break the sound barrier. Visit hdx.citrix.com to stay tuned.