Latency directly impacts the overall user experience.

Latency is such a detriment to user experience, that Derek Thorsland wrote a blog post covering a slew of capabilities within HDX to help reduce latency. He talked about mouse click feedback, graphics rendering, compression, caching, and QoS. All of these capabilities helps to reduce overall latency.

I want you to focus on one aspect from Derek’s blog: Adaptive Transport.

Adaptive Transport dynamically switches between TCP and a Citrix-enlightened data transport based on network compatibility. Derek talks about the value of this technology.

In theory, it makes a lot of sense, but how does it behave with a user?

The first thing I want to see is how it impacts something I spend a lot of time doing during the workday: WATCHING VIDEOS. 🙂

The result is noticeable. It is a drastic improvement over a traditional PC and VMware Horizon.

Not all of us spend the day watching movies. What if we actually have to create content? How does Adaptive Transport impact application performance?

The differences are easy to see. More so than ever, I can use any network connection from any location and, not only get access to my apps, but also have a usable application experience.

Determining video and application performance is very subjective. What if we look at something very objective and straight forward? Let’s see how long it takes to copy files across a WAN link.

XenApp and XenDesktop achieve …

  • 2 times faster copy performance than a traditional PC
  • 3 times faster copy performance than VMware Horizon

I think that is a noticeable difference.


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