XenDesktop’s initial marketing placement caused confusion, especially amongst existing Citrix customers delivering MetaFrame/Presentation Server/XenApp services. There appeared to need to be a choice between XenDesktop OR XenApp; VDI OR a Presentation Virtualization based solution. In reality, a combination of the two was often the best solution for an organisation’s business model.
XenDesktop 4.0 is offered as a complete desktop virtualization solution that Citrix hopes will address the needs of all users across an enterprise. Yet, for enterprises considering VDI the most significant part of the XenDesktop 4.0 announcement is not the the inclusion of XenApp functionality – but the fundamental change from a per concurrent user license to a named user license.
The XenDesktop announcement is accompanied with a targeted effort to migrate XenApp customers to this new environment – and he important question is -is it going to be cheaper for organisations to move to this all encompassing solution?