I was privileged to be invited to speak at the PTC Live! conference in Anaheim this year, so I was there in the audience during the keynote when Mike Campbell, Executive VP for CAD, announced the certification of PTC Creo 2.0 M060 as Citrix Ready. PTC, IBM, NVIDIA and Citrix have collaborated to test an entire solution stack comprising the IBM iDataPlex dx360 M4 server, NVIDIA GRID graphics boards, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro and the following PTC applications: Creo Parametric, Creo Direct, Creo Layout, Creo Options Modeler and Creo Simulate. Together, we are meeting the needs of any Creo user, from the PLM user who needs to view complex 3D models from any device, anywhere, to the most demanding design engineer.

While various manufacturing companies such as John Deere and Vestas Wind Systems have been using XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro to deliver PTC applications for a long time, this public endorsement will give many more customers the confidence to virtualize the Creo application suite.  What is more, the new technologies available in XenDesktop 7 and new releases of Citrix Receiver, as announced at Citrix Synergy, address a wider variety of users than ever before, and more cost effectively. So now all PTC customers can enjoy the benefits of the Citrix approach to centralization of applications, namely:

  • Intellectual property containment – 3D models and other confidential data never leave the datacenter, and file copies from central repositories like the PTC Windchill server are not necessary.
  • Improved speed and performance when dealing with large models – Overall system performance is even better than local since transferring large files from central stores to user endpoints is no longer needed.  This greatly improves productivity since users don’t have to wait for large file copies from one location to another.
  • Anywhere access – With Citrix Receiver available on any device including Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux and Android, the entire solution is accessible from any device, anywhere.

For more detail on today’s announcement, see PTC’s press release.

Derek Thorslund
Director of Product Management, HDX