Deliver secure virtual apps and desktops

Provide secure remote access to employees while cutting IT costs.

Only Citrix provides a complete virtual app and desktop solution to meet all your needs from a single, easy-to-deploy platform. Give employees the freedom to work from anywhere while cutting IT costs. Deliver Windows, Linux, web, and SaaS applications or full virtual desktops to workers on any device, anywhere.

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Explore some of the key use cases for XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Go beyond virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

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  • Deliver a high definition user experience on any device

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  • Simplify your migration to Windows 10

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  • Deliver secure access to web and SaaS apps in any browser

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Additional use cases  

Over 100 million people are using Skype for Business to communicate for work. According to Microsoft, 79% of enterprise customers in the United States use or plan to use Skype for Business for telephony—and three out of four Citrix customers adopting unified communications have chosen Skype for Business.

Without proper consideration and design for optimization, virtual app and desktop users will very likely find the Microsoft Skype for Business experience to be subpar—but Citrix has the solution. XenApp and XenDesktop include the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack, developed with and endorsed by Microsoft, which allows you to publish Skype for Business as a virtualized application or within a virtual desktop—with the same performance as a local installation.

Microsoft engineers worked closely with Citrix to jointly develop the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business. This optimization technology is the only Microsoft-endorsed solution for delivering Skype for Business in a virtual environment.

Read more about delivering Skype for Business with XenApp and XenDesktop

Citrix DesktopPlayer extends the benefits of XenDesktop to BYO and corporate laptop users, enabling them to run Windows virtual desktops on Windows or Mac devices whether they are online, offline, or over a slow and intermittent network connection. The type 2 client hypervisor features centralized management capabilities, including zero-touch provisioning, one-to-many patching, and role-based policy management for comprehensive IT control.

DesktopPlayer for Windows and Mac secures virtual computers and reduces the risk of data loss for on-the-go laptop users with features such as time-based lockout, expiration, and remote wipe policies. With these capabilities, sensitive information within the virtual desktop stays safe—even if the device is lost or stolen.

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XenApp and XenDesktop include Citrix AppDNA application migration and management technology. With AppDNA, IT can confidently discover, automate, model, and manage applications for faster migration, easier app virtualization, and streamlined app management.

AppDNA technology accelerates application deployment so that IT can make better implementation decisions. AppDNA lets you complete projects more quickly at lower cost, and reduce project risk, by gaining clear insight into application compatibility in a new or migrated environment.

AppDNA application management provides ongoing application evolution after launch to help you make the right decisions as you add new applications, patches, and service packs to the enterprise portfolio. Discover application issues with sophisticated testing, and model application outcomes to determine the best plan of action. Automate application remediation and packaging processes to help manage ongoing change. AppDNA also extends AppDisk layering benefits by providing instant application compatibility and layer reporting for assigned AppDisks. Validate and remediate any OS or inter-app compatibility issues before distributing AppDisk applications to the workforce.

Discover the benefits of app management and migration with AppDNA

Organizations are embracing the use of Google Chromebooks in the enterprise. But while the Google Chrome computing platform is ideal for accessing Google Apps, SaaS, and other cloud-based services, it poses a challenge for those who depend on Microsoft Windows applications for business. IT must give people a way to access Windows apps in the Chrome environment without sacrificing the seamless simplicity of the Chrome platform.

Citrix and Google have partnered to eliminate the separation between cloud-based apps and business-critical Windows applications on Chromebooks. With XenApp and XenDesktop, you can launch centrally hosted enterprise applications alongside Google Apps, SaaS, and other cloud services within the same Chrome environment, without the need to launch one or more virtual Windows desktops.

This solution provides all the benefits of using a Chromebook for personal use, plus it gives easy, secure virtual access to Windows-based work applications, desktops, and data. IT can leverage the cost and manageability benefits of Chromebooks without having to migrate legacy applications to the cloud, while modernizing app delivery to increase productivity.

Power Chromebooks with business-critical apps

XenApp vs. XenDesktop—which one do I need?

XenApp is an application virtualization solution that helps you optimize productivity with universal access to virtual apps, desktops, and data from any device. XenDesktop carries all the same functionality as XenApp, plus the option to implement a scalable VDI solution. Compare below to see which product best suits your business needs.

  XenApp XenDesktop
HDX technology for optimized user experience    
Published Windows, Linux, web, and SaaS applications    
Single management console for apps and desktops    
Centralized security in the data center    
FIPS and Common Criteria certified    
Single image provisioning technology    
VDI desktops    
Remote PC access    
Offline client virtualization for disconnected user requirements    

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Why XenApp and XenDesktop

Forrester Research names Citrix a leader in VDI.

XenApp and XenDesktop are Common Criteria certified to meet the highest security standards.

By centralizing our data systems using Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, we’ve eliminated redundant infrastructure and introduced cost savings, while also making it easier for employees to submit data at the project location in real time.

David Banger
CIO
John Holland Group

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XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9

Expand on the security, user experience and flexibile management features you need.

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Our strategic partnerships

Microsoft and Citrix have 230,000 shared customers and tens of millions of users who rely on our solutions every day.  For example, Microsoft engineers worked closely with Citrix to develop the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business—the only Microsoft-endorsed solution on the market.

Citrix and Google have been working together since Chromebooks first reached the market in 2011.  Chrome devices with XenApp and XenDesktop allows organizations to provision, centrally manage, and deliver enterprise apps and data with the highest security over any network.

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