It’s here! Windows Server 2016 General Availability! And Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop support is here TODAY.
No, really, it’s a big deal.
In case you haven’t been paying attention over the last few years… a lot has happened.
Starting somewhere around 2010, the whole industry began an earnest pivot to cloud-based solutions (on-prem, public and hybrid). Embracing what we have come to know as “The Cloud” is an absolute reality for any serious business endeavor. It started as we reached the tipping point for SaaS applications like SalesForce.com.
This transition has also been driven by the huge influx of millennials into the corporate workforce and the consumerization of IT, as well as BYO and mobile device productivity increases and their secure management challenges. We’re also seeing an increased reliance on HD graphics and the resulting challenges to compute density per user costs.
Additional factors influencing demand for the Cloud include small and medium-sized business adoption of Enterprise-class IT practices, like high availability, disaster recovery, and productive mobility. Oh, and we can’t forget the basics of secure data access. And the list goes on…
Citrix and Microsoft have been evolving our partnership over this period to address emerging market needs, and have done so with a mindset that not only kept our businesses growing in a challenging economy, but also with the keen understanding that both companies somehow needed to leapfrog our own juggernauts to drive the next decade or so of innovation.
Today’s general availability of Windows Server 2016, and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop “Day One” support for the new OS, is the starting pistol for a whole new wave of end-user computing innovations to come from both companies.
Citrix is leading the way in smooth migrations for both the Windows Server and Windows Client-based RDS and VDI solutions already in place in most successful businesses today. Day one support from Citrix empowers our customers and prospects to move as aggressively or conservatively as their business dictates, in order to embrace this next wave. Enabling this transition with minimal disruptions to productivity—at the most competitive price and overall ROI/TCO when the complete solution needs by customers are considered—remains a critical consideration in our roadmaps.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 is an OS born in this new era and it shows. Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.11—and the Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) upon which they and future versions are based—are also products of the era of the Cloud. The combined Microsoft and Citrix solution presents a massive set of technologies and innovations still in the early adoption phases by most end-customers. This combination is up to the challenge of leading IT evolution for many years to come. Other vendors may attempt to follow our lead, but honestly, they would be more successful investing in other areas instead of trying to re-invent the wheel and failing to deliver, time, and time again.
From a Remote Desktop Services perspective, Microsoft has added some critical building blocks to the base functionality that Citrix has—and will continue to—embrace as we continue to be the leading Microsoft ISV partner in this market.
This announcement builds on a jointly developed delivery solution that has embraced many lessons over the last 27 years, one that continues to lean forward to innovate, helping our customers navigate the new IT challenges of the next decade.
This launch is also extending the RDS base with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop support around new Windows Server 2016 features in security, storage, networking, and graphics. This will provide our customers with what is arguably the most flexible, most secure, and best performing Windows application and desktop delivery solution hosted in any datacenter or cloud. This announcement builds on a jointly developed delivery solution that has embraced many lessons over the last 27 years, one that continues to lean forward to innovate, helping our customers navigate the new IT challenges of the next decade.
To learn more, there are many resources available now.
- The Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop product page is an obvious place to look for the latest on these industry leading solutions.
- Sean Donahue provides some great insight into the evolving Citrix and Microsoft relationship around Windows App and Desktop Delivery solutions.
- Dan Feller provides some great deep dives on various technical innovations from Citrix.
- And yes, I even have a blog series around Getting Ready for Windows Server 2016, where you can follow along as I build my lab on Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V and System Center infrastructure so that we can explore all of these innovations from both companies. Microsoft Azure will show up soon enough for hybrid use cases.
The first stop for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 resources is, of course, the Windows Server 2016 landing page.
There is also a great series of videos on the 10 Reasons You’ll Love Windows Server 2016.
In all cases, the Citrix and Microsoft partner page provides a great overview of our partnership, as well as some of the most popular resources links.