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.
Citrix XenDesktop 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 XenDesktop looks and feels the same as a locally installed desktop —even with demanding applications, such as 3D CAD engineering or design apps.
XenDesktop 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.
With DesktopPlayer capabilities, XenDesktop also 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.
XenDesktop VDI 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.
XenDesktop 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 greatly simplifies application and OS management by enabling you to manage apps and operating systems as individual layers. With this unique Citrix Cloud service, IT can more efficiently and securely deliver apps, desktops, data and OS layers on-premises or from leading public cloud vendors. The App Layering technology “containerizes” desktop apps as virtual disks for error-free, install-free delivery to end users and package-once, update-once efficiency for IT.