Deliver a high-definition user experience on any device

Provide a virtual computing experience that delights both users and IT

For many organizations, providing a secure, centralized computing experience that encourages high productivity and customer satisfaction is essential for success. This is true whether people are accessing resources from a corporate-owned system or their personal mobile devices. People expect a real-time response from the apps they're working with, regardless of their connection quality, location, or even the app itself. If a complex ERP or graphics app can be delivered to a tablet, it is expected to run as smoothly as on a high-powered desktop. To meet these expectations, IT requires a virtualization solution that is able to optimize and adapt to a wide variety of scenarios and variables.

High Definition Virtual Desktop with Citrix HDX

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Citrix high definition experience (HDX) technology on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is designed to provide users with the best possible experience, whether on local networks, mobile networks, or high-latency wide-area networks. Not only does the session stay interactive even thousands of miles away from the data center, the latest technology delivers performance improvements up to ten times faster for file transfers and printing. Compared to legacy technologies, the latest HDX standard delivers a better user experience with rich media content while reducing bandwidth consumption by up to 60% and maintaining high server scalability.  

Citrix HDX technology enables bandwidth-efficient, crystal-clear voice, multimedia and video for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Using adaptive compression and display techniques, HDX delivers better image quality for highly animated workloads, server-rendered video or 3D graphics. Most modern mobile devices as well as desktop computers have the computing power to decompress such streams on the fly. Adaptive compression intelligently distinguishes the intent of the user, prioritizing interactive workflows for a delightful experience. This improves end user productivity even in the presence of packet loss, congestion, high-latency, and jitter, commonly seen in broadband wireless and mobile networks.  

Citrix HDX 3D Pro technologies optimize the performance of graphics-intensive 3D professional applications for Windows and Linux virtual desktops. Slow-rendering graphics due to network lag are no longer an issue—visually lossless deep compression enables users to collaborate in real time on pixel-perfect images. This brings products to market quicker with secure, global access to optimized sophisticated 2D and 3D graphics and design apps and data. As the leader in virtualizing graphical applications, Citrix is the industry’s first and only solution to support hardware-based GPU sharing on all major hypervisors, including Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. Customers can choose the GPU platform that best meets their graphics requirements, and deliver advanced GPU sharing capabilities with all major vendors, including AMD, Intel and NVIDIA.

Citrix Ready partners ViewSonic and Micro Center have made VDI accessible for nearly any budget with the ultra-low cost HDX Ready Pi based on the Raspberry Pi 3. The HDX Ready Pi is a fully assembled thin client that includes everything you need in a single, orderable package. This small, yet very capable device supports a broad range of HDX user experience technologies, including media offload, while also offering ease of administration and maintenance.

With HDX printing, IT can provide access to both locally defined and session-defined printers within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops sessions. The Citrix Universal Print Driver enables print device functionality while providing optimum print quality, print speed, and environment stability.

Citrix Workspace app software provides access to resources from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments and is supported on numerous platforms and form factors across millions of devices. Frequent updates and close vendor collaboration help to ensure rapid and seamless integration. Extensive support for printers, scanners, drawing tablets, smart card readers, and other peripherals helps complete the solution and deliver seamless VDI performance. For more information on compatible devices, refer to the Citrix Ready Marketplace.

Unified communication (UC) tools are gaining tremendous adoption for collaboration and productivity. Citrix has pioneered the optimization of voice and video using UC over VDI, by partnering closely with leading solutions such as Microsoft Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Jabber. Our unique solutions with Microsoft are the first in the industry. Both the optimization for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams offload the real-time audio/video processing to the end-points, which helps increase server scalability and creates a faster path for the audio-video traffic to travel directly between caller and recipient, without “hair-pinning” all the way back to the data center server. These optimizations are supported in Office 365 as well as on-premises – all while keeping sensitive chat data secure in the data center as opposed to distributed endpoints.

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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

  • Deliver a real-time experience, similar to what users get from a local desktop and app.
  • Allow for ongoing innovation without hardware replacement by supporting low-cost, HDX Ready thin clients.
  • Enable endless possibilities for user productivity with HDX USB redirection.


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