Citrix XenApp, and its cousin Citrix XenDesktop, are both useful platforms for desktop and application virtualization. If done correctly, virtualization can bring significant benefits to an organization. This includes cost reductions in IT operations and greater flexibility in supporting remote employees. It also allows for easier access to desktops and apps in Linux-based environments. Citrix’s Xen team can be a great resource for IT professionals, both current and aspiring. Let’s look at three of the most compelling reasons to embrace XenApp or XenDesktop.
1. Virtual desktop infrastructure can be simplified with a simpler approach
Virtual desktop infrastructure is essential for delivering Linux and Microsoft Windows desktops anywhere users are located. It is however susceptible to many problems, including high hardware requirements and poor performance during “boot storms,” which occur when virtually every remote employee has access to VDI simultaneously.
XenApp makes VDI easier. One XenApp virtual or physical server can host hundreds upon hundreds of VDI sessions. Each user is isolated even though infrastructures are shared among the group. Traditional VDI, on the other hand, requires many more servers because each user has their own resources.
“XenApp makes VDI straightforward.”
2. Synergy with multiple Microsoft services and products
Office 365 and Windows 10 are the core of modern enterprises. They provide the familiar features and integrations that allow employees to be productive. XenApp, XenDesktop and XenDesktop allow organizations to get more out of their Microsoft solutions. Skype for Business (formerly Lync), can be virtualized using XenApp or XenDesktop. This essentially combines it with VDI. This setup makes Skype for Business a viable replacement for traditional PBX phone systems. It also provides a better user experience. Citrix is the only field-proven solution for Skype for Business, co-developed with Microsoft. XenApp, XenDesktop and XenDesktop are also available to accelerate the migration from Windows 10 to Citrix. Virtualizing apps allows you to run them from a central location instead of each endpoint. This helps to minimize compatibility issues that could otherwise slow you down.
3. Linux access is easier
Linux is a popular platform in many industries, including finance. However, securing access from multiple devices is a common problem when using Linux apps and desktops. XenApp/XenDesktop eliminate this problem by allowing Linux and Windows apps to be managed from a single console. These assets are accessible more easily by non-Linux devices, which makes it easier for them to access. It also requires less infrastructure investment.
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