Go beyond virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Securely deliver Windows desktops and apps with more than a VDI appliance

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offers critical benefits to IT, including improved security and centralized desktop management, but the ability to securely access a remote Windows or Linux desktop isn’t enough in today’s organizations. The demands placed on IT require a more evolved approach. Organizations need to optimize user experiences to increase adoption, maximize capabilities by minimizing the number of consoles to manage, and ensure sensitive data stays safe — even in BYOD programs where employees access apps and data from personal devices.

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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops provides benefits beyond standard VDI appliance solutions, delivering fully-functioning virtual Windows or Linux desktops and the apps employees need to remain productive. A virtual desktop delivered by Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops looks and feels the same as a locally installed desktop —even with demanding applications, such as 3D CAD engineering or design apps.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops provides remote PC access to instantly deliver desktop virtualization benefits without the need to migrate desktops to the data center. Users get a secure, high-definition, direct connection to their office PC.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops pairs the user personalization benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure appliances with the administrative efficiencies of single image management to deliver a desktop virtualization solution that meets the needs of both users and IT admins. Unlike traditional VDI deployments, administrators can easily and centrally manage their master images while providing users with a customized and personalized desktop experience.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops also enables automated desktop thin provisioning to simplify image management of small and large deployments of virtual desktops and virtual servers. Thin provisioning reduces the cost and complexity of VDI and shared storage below that of managing a local PC.

Citrix App Layering simplifies application and OS management by enabling you to manage apps, users, and operating systems as individual layers. With this unique technology, IT efficiently and securely delivers apps and desktops on-premises or from leading public cloud vendors.  The App Layering technology “containerizes” desktop apps as virtual disks for streamlined, delivery to end users and update-once efficiency for IT. With user layers, administrators can deliver a persistent desktop experience to their users with the ease and cost savings of providing a pooled desktop environment.

Citrix product

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

  • Provides persistent Windows or Linux virtual desktops that can be fully customized to meet the needs of your most demanding users, anywhere on any device.
  • Offers cost-effective, locked-down server virtual desktops that are shared across many users to provide the benefits of desktop virtualization while maximizing IT control and simplified management.
  • FIPS 140-2 compliant and Common Criteria certified to meet the highest security standards for your industry.


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