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XenApp vs. XenDesktop—which one do I need?

XenApp is an application virtualization solution that helps you optimize productivity with universal access to virtual apps, desktops, and data from any device. XenDesktop carries all the same functionality as XenApp, plus the option to implement a scalable VDI solution. Compare below to see which product best suits your business needs.

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By centralizing our data systems using Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, we’ve eliminated redundant infrastructure and introduced cost savings, while also making it easier for employees to submit data at the project location in real time.

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Microsoft and Citrix have 230,000 shared customers and tens of millions of users who rely on our solutions every day. For example, Microsoft engineers worked closely with Citrix to develop the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business—the only Microsoft-endorsed solution on the market.

Citrix and Google have been working together since Chromebooks first reached the market in 2011. Chrome devices with XenApp and XenDesktop allows organizations to provision, centrally manage, and deliver enterprise apps and data with the highest security over any network.

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Guide To VDI: Evaluating Top Vendors

Desktop virtual infrastructure now includes new cloud-based options, with the potential for improved user experience and lower cost. Fusion PPT compared the leading vendors and their offerings.

In spite of its many perceived benefits, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has yet to fully gain traction and still remains a niche market. After well over a decade since its early introduction, VDI has faced challenges when it comes to truly duplicating the local desktop and competing on cost.

The introduction of cloud-based computing models for VDI (known as desktop as a service or DaaS) now offers a combined benefit and challenge to the IT decision maker. Whereas on-premise data center-hosted VDI represented a known model that has been tested and refined over the years, cloud-based VDI is the new kid on the block and has yet to effectively prove itself.

In this guide, we take look at four of the leading VDI vendors, including their capabilities and differentiators. These include Amazon (AWS), Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware (an EMC company). Read on for the full discussion, or click on the thumbnail at right to jump to the comparison matrix.

3 main reasons to use VDI
So why would anyone consider adopting a VDI-based approach to desktop computing? Well, on paper, the expected benefits seem quite compelling. Will they pan out in the long run?

  1. Centralized and simplified IT desktop management
    To begin, take the scenario of patch management. In VDI, patches and software updates can be distributed in a centralized and simplified manner, because IT no longer needs to manage the individual deployment to each unique computer. The deployment can also occur from a centralized management console. Updates need not be solely to desktop PCs, but also can include mobile devices and thin clients.

A centralized server-hosted virtual desktop (SHVD) infrastructure also provides the benefit of simplified backup operations. With proper infrastructure and bandwidth in place, such an approach will minimize the network congestion of backups that would otherwise occur from a myriad of desktop systems.

VDI also enables IT to provide higher security control and compliance. Servers can now be locked down and secured in a more manageable manner, with less risk to local desktop vulnerabilities. For example, administrators can provide central security policies that apply to all users and minimize the malware footprint, should there be an infection. The desktop can be re-commissioned from the base image when problems arise.

  • Reduced cost and hardware
    Harnessing the power of server pools that are unseen to the end user, VDI offers the benefit of more effective use of centralized computing capacity. This can translate in real dollars to a diminished need to purchase new hardware and the additional associated software, licensing, and support costs that are seen in capex and opex dollars. As one scenario, older desktop hardware (with sufficient native capacity) can be retained and used as thin client devices for users who are working on general-purpose tasks that do not require high-end client devices.
  • Increased mobility and remote access
    Another important benefit that VDI provides is the ability to access desktop from remote locations, and with different computing devices. This can be a very accommodating feature for remote and mobile workers who do not really have a fixed work location. With many VDI solutions, the active desktop state can be preserved, enabling users to pick up right where they left off.
  • In this guide, we look at four enterprise vendors providing VDI-based products. There are many other mid-market VDI vendors, as well as open-source solutions from StackVDI, QVD, and others.

    VDI delivery methods
    Vendors have chosen different means to implement VDI. Historically, solutions first began with the typical on-premise server-hosted virtual desktop model, focusing on the data center. As VDI and cloud computing have matured, a second software-as-a-service model of desktop computing has been reborn in the form as DaaS.

    In its simplest form, DaaS is VDI in the cloud. However, as with all cloud-based solutions, the customer must rely upon the cloud service provider (CSP) to deliver critical infrastructure that is no longer under the control of the IT organization. DaaS solutions are marketed as being able to handle the challenges of traditional VDI, such as complexity and cost. In DaaS, customers pay a monthly flat fee and are able to obtain a VDI infrastructure without the initial investment.

    The third option consists of a hybrid approach that leverages both the on-premise and cloud-based models.

    It’s also worth noting that various DaaS providers deliver their “desktop” experience via Windows Server (AWS and VMware, for example). This is primarily done as a way around Microsoft’s multi-tenancy licensing, Microsoft’s Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA), which requires the hosting hardware to be dedicated to each individual customer. SPLA also requires customers to own the client OS license.

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    Zerox, you’re right, this article is not for the faint of heart. It is long and a lot of information to wade through. But for anyone seriously considering VDI, it’s a jackpot of practical considerations and objective insight. We’re thankful that Dean and his firm published it here.

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