Citrix’s much-anticipated XenDesktop Essentials product is now almost ready for release. A few days ago, it released pricing and purchasing options, which are intended to allow those interested in the platform to start planning for adoption. XenDesktop Essentials allows you to deliver Windows 10 desktops from the Azure cloud to a multitude of devices—Linux, Mac, Android, and Windows—and harness the power of the Citrix Receiver software. But of course, the infrastructure is all managed together by Microsoft (for the Azure side) and Citrix itself. All you have to do is provide the image, either a standard one from the Azure Marketplace or one you have created yourself.
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One of the big issues for virtual desktop infrastructure has always been controlling the cost per user without compromising the user experience. Another common thing has been that the largest VDI vendors each have had their own hypervisor. One of the significant elements of controlling cost is to automate the creation of the user’s desktop VMs. The ability of a VDI product to control a hypervisor is central to controlling its operational cost. It is also a useful capability for any hypervisor that is providing an API for VDI products. It turns out that Nutanix is the only major hypervisor vendor without its own VDI product.
Last week, Citrix showed that it continues to raise the bar on virtualization with the release of XenDesktop 7.12. While Citrix continues to release new versions faster than most organizations can consume them, the strategy behind the accelerated schedule is sound: quarterly releases that excel with regard to planning, development, testing, and overall execution.
Citrix Summit kicked off for partners yesterday with a number of announcements. Although the conference is focused on partners, many of the announcements have a downstream impact on enterprise users.
Application containers for Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon 6, and Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) are the rave. What exactly are application containers, and how did the market get to this point?