Citrix latest XenDesktop, XenApp plug into Amazon Web Services, CloudStack

Citrix latest XenDesktop, XenApp plug into Amazon Web Services, CloudStack

Summary: Citrix is also bundling in mobile device management capabilities at a discount for select XenDesktop and XenApp customers.

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Citrix on Tuesday launched new releases of its XenDesktop and XenApp virtualization applications that will connect to Amazon Web Services and the company's CloudPlatform.

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The move by Citrix ties into a recurring theme among tech vendors: Enterprises are going to need to connect to public and private clouds seamlessly to account for spikes. For instance, Cisco outlined plans to be in the middle of allocating both public and private cloud resources.

XenDesktop and XenApp are built on the same architecture and designed to be one console enterprises can use to deliver apps and desktop functionality to mobile devices.

Specifically, XenDesktop 7.5 will provision desktop virtualization for private and public cloud infrastructure. Citrix said it will support any cloud over time and add Windows Azure support in the future.

XenDesktop 7.5 will be available in March.

XenApp 7.5 will also be available on multiple clouds and revolves around making enterprise Windows applications mobile friendly.

Citrix said customers of both XenApp and XenDesktop Platinum edition can add mobile device management or enterprise mobile management features at a discount. The offer expires Sept. 30.

Rest assured that VMware, which recently bought AirWatch, is likely to offer similar bundling and discount offers for mobile device management.

Topics: Virtualization, Mobility

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  • Citrix leading

    VMware following
    greywolf7
  • Might just extend the interval before they go bankrupt...

    Citrix has a very nice little "Nostalgia Business" going. All this desktop virtualization stuff is nice, it is a pretty cool "technical curiosity" but their days are numbered.

    For those who don't know, Citrix is a remote desktop suite that made sense before advent of standardized Clouds and app delivery mechanisms.

    The problem with desktop virtualization is the cost and the bandwidth. It takes some pretty heavy lifting to get this kit to work, you have to hire Citrix consultants and deploy multiple servers.

    All this at a time when even large enterprises are shuttering their data center operations in favor of the cloud.

    So, have a good look, because in the near future, desktop virtualization will be about as as popular as Lotus 123.
    SirHuxley
    • Heavy lifting?

      We run around 50 users on a terminal server, with 2 Xeons and 64GB RAM, it does very nicely thank you.
      wright_is
  • "Performance Monitoring Best Practices for Citrix XenDesktop 7

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    Vino_eG Innovations
  • Cloud this, cloud that

    ... "XenApp 7.5 will also be available on multiple clouds and revolves around making enterprise Windows applications" ...

    XenApp / XenDesktop are not available in the cloud, this is not THAT simple, there will be possibilities to extend your datacenter with XenApp or XenDesktop, add elastic capacity on demand but it require a lot of work, knowlegde and skills before achieving that kind of architecture.

    There is already some cloud provider who provide XenApp Desktops but it doesn't match companies request and needs (most of the companies at least)

    Stephane Thirion
    http://www.archy.net
    @archynet
    archynet