At Citrix Synergy San Francisco this year, I had quite a number of lively discussions with customers and partners, where I found myself explaining the technical capabilities of HDX technologies for XenDesktop. I faced questions from a number of customers (and even mix-ups from consultants within my own organization!) who were unclear on what “HDX” means and how HDX technologies can be applied to their environments. So I walked through high-level explanations of HDX terminologies, deployment considerations and performance tweaks.

In preparation for the event, we needed to gather and verify this information from numerous sources within Citrix, since HDX is really series of features across multiple product lines that provide a “set of capabilities that deliver a ‘high definition’ desktop virtualization user experience”. Now I know that sounds like yet another marketing line, but it’s really true – there’s quite a few ways that different Citrix products, both old and new, deliver a high-quality experience.

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So in order to cut through the HDX misunderstandings and provide recommendations for implementing HDX technologies, the Solution Center put together this Best Practices for Optimizing HDX Technologies for XenDesktop 4 whitepaper. It includes topics such as a clarification of HDX terminologies, deployment considerations and key configurations. Some sample topics are optimizing video playback over LAN and WAN connections, using VoIP applications with a multitude of users while retaining call quality, and delivering 3D applications over WAN conditions. The information contained therein is informative for administrators and VDI pros looking to understand the applicability of each HDX technology to his or her unique environment and virtual desktop access conditions. Please peruse our whitepaper for the information that’s pertinent to you and let us know what you think!