Presentation Virtualization

Presentation Virtualization is an application delivery method that delivers users desktops and applications from a shared server, AKA server based computing. This method of delivering applications to users focuses upon running an instance of each Windows desktop operating system application i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office for each user on a shared instance of a Windows Server operating system. (Read More)

The most popular product in this category is Citrix XenApp and its predecessors which include Citrix Presentation Server, and Citrix MetaFrame. In the 6.0 releases of its products, Citrix bundled XenApp into XenDesktop. In the 7.0 releases of its products, XenApp has been made available separately again. Microsoft also has a product in this category – Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, but this offering is mostly used in smaller implementations that do not require the enterprise class features that Citrix offers.

Finally Framehawk

ApplicationVirtualizationIf your users require a great experience and not just a good one, then the long-awaited Framehawk release from Citrix is going to be a hit among them. While the first release of Framehawk technologies occurred at the end of June as part of the XenApp/XenDesktop Feature Pack 2 release and only supported Windows devices via Citrix Receiver 4.3, the iOS version was released this week.

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Citrix Shops: You’d Better Upgrade to StoreFront 3.0 … Or Else!

ApplicationVirtualizationWhile you might think that you must upgrade to StoreFront 3.0 because of something Citrix-related, that’s probably not the case. Only if your users prefer Chrome as the local web browser for accessing Citrix resources and don’t wish to experience issues must you upgrade to StoreFront 3.0. We can blame it on Netscape and Google.

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Citrix and Elliott Management: Impact on Customers

Citrix100x30Yesterday, Elliott Management, a 7.1% owner in Citrix Systems, advised Citrix in writing that drastic changes are needed in order to refocus the company and return it to profit. Elliott not only voiced concerns about the current modus operandi, but it aggressively proposed ways that it could return Citrix to a positive trajectory by making adjustments related to business management, products, and finances. Although the letter starts off asking for a meeting with the Board of Directors, it later states that “the far better course is for Citrix to embrace this offer of cooperation and for us to proceed collaboratively, and quickly.” Is this a hostile takeover threat? There are a number of questions surrounding whether this indeed will result in a takeover, an infusion of investment dollars and professional guidance, something in between, or nothing at all. It is my hope that the result of this letter will be some professional guidance.

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v.Next of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box: HCI?

DesktopVirtualizationEarlier this year, Citrix announced plans to discontinue its VDI-in-a-Box product. VDI-in-a-Box was targeted toward the small and medium business (SMB) market as a simple, all-in-one solution focused exclusively on virtual desktops. This discontinuation has left a gaping hole in the Citrix product stack. Numerous vendors sense blood in the waters and are attacking this market with full strength.

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Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #2: Vendor Engagement

DesktopVirtualizationIn Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #1, we discussed getting to know your application estate and identifying the required delivery methods for those apps. In part #2, it’s time to engage with vendors and determine what form of solution you should deploy.

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