Go beyond virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

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

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides employees with access to their Windows desktop from any device. VDI offers critical benefits to IT, including improved security and centralized desktop management. Citrix XenDesktop goes beyond standard VDI appliance solutions to deliver not only fully functioning virtual Windows desktops, but also the apps employees need to remain productive.

The Forrester Wave™: Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI), Q3 2015

The ability to securely access a remote Windows desktop is not enough—an optimized user experience is critical so that employees will adopt the virtual desktop and IT can realize the security and management benefits. Working with a Windows desktop delivered by XenDesktop rivals a native experience, even with demanding applications, such as 3D CAD engineering or design apps. IT needs to make sure sensitive data stays safe, even in a BYOD program where employees access apps and data from their personal devices.  Finally, IT wants to maximize the number of capabilities, while keeping the amount of consoles to manage down to a minimum.

Citrix’s XenDesktop VDI offering is distinctive at several levels, from the user experience with Citrix Receiver endpoint clients that offer native HDX protocol support on all device and OS platforms, to rich 3D graphics and multiple 4K monitor support...

The Forrester Wave™: Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI), Q3 2015

What makes Citrix VDI different?

Citrix XenDesktop offers a persistent Windows virtual desktop that can be fully customized to satisfy any use case—that means VDI desktops can meet the needs of your most demanding users, anywhere on any device. XenDesktop is also FIPS 140-2 compliant and Common Criteria certified to meet the highest security standards for your industry.

Remote PC access for secure, direct connections to office PCs

XenDesktop provides Remote PC access to instantly deliver desktop virtualization benefits without the need to migrate desktops to the data center. XenDesktop provides users with a secure, high-definition, direct connection to their office PC.

Cost-effective, shared virtual desktops

Server virtual desktops are low-cost, locked-down, virtual desktops shared across many users to provide the flexibility and mobility benefits of desktop virtualization while maximizing IT control and simplified management.

Automated desktop thin provisioning

XenDesktop 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.

Simplifying app management across VDI

AppDisk technology allows admins to package and manage applications independent of their master OS image, alleviating the management complexity of multiple, departmental-based images. AppDisk makes it easy to install or update applications without impacting the golden desktop or server image.

Maximum VDI personalization with single image management

XenDesktop VDI with Personal vDisk 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.

Offline virtual desktops for disconnected users

XenDesktop extends the benefits of desktop virtualization to people who need to work from anywhere, including offline, by enabling them to work in a disconnected state so they can remain productive.

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