January 28, 2014

XenDesktop and XenApp 7.5 Announced

Announced by Citrix, XenDesktop and XenApp 7.5 will be available in March 2014. So, what's new?

Citrix Ready Low-Cost Converged Infrastructure Verified


Innovation, as a result of collaboration between Citrix and industry-leading systems and storage vendors, is reducing the cost of desktop virtualization at a fast pace. A new class of converged infrastructure architectures are delivering upfront equipment costs of under $200 per user leveraging local storage, powerful CPUs, and large capacity low-cost memory. Solutions that are a part of the Citrix Ready Low-cost
Converged Infrastructure Verified program are tested for performance and high availability whether they are deployed for a few hundred desktops or scale to a few thousand.
Citrix continues to lead the industry in driving down the cost of desktop virtualization and offering new choices for customers. The new Citrix Ready Low-Cost Converged Infrastructure Verified program joins the successful Citrix Ready HDX Verified program, which continues to enable game changing end points built with low-cost HDX SoC-based architecture. Additionally, Citrix is working with Google around the emerging Chromebook ecosystem for the enterprise with Citrix Ready validation now complete for many of the latest Intel® Haswell-based Chromebook offerings that are available.

Driving Down Cost and Complexity


The new XenApp 7.5 is built on the FlexCast Management Architecture used in the Citrix XenDesktop® solution (also announced today), which provides a single console from which customers can deliver both virtual apps and desktops. Competitors that can only deliver entire virtual desktops often force users to open multiple desktops just to access apps that conflict with each other or run on different versions of Windows. With 25 years of delivering virtual apps to 330,000 customers, XenApp allows users to simply see a selection of available apps at their disposal. These apps might originate from any of five generations of Windows, all hosted and managed from the same infrastructure.
XenApp Platinum edition now includes the full power of Citrix AppDNA™ application migration technology, which can reduce time and overhead of application virtualization and platform migrations by as much as 90 percent. The inclusion of all the AppDNA capabilities helps IT address a variety of migration issues, including how to virtualize applications ahead of Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 end-of-life milestones.

New Citrix Ready Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud for XenDesktop


With the announcement of XenDesktop 7.5, Citrix is also creating a new Citrix Ready program that provides Citrix validation of infrastructure-as-a-service for XenDesktop 7.5. The Citrix Ready IaaS Cloud for XenDesktop gives customers the confidence that XenDesktop will run on a particular cloud operator’s infrastructure. Cloud providers that are a part of this program will be required to pass a test suite verifying the feature correctness of XenDesktop operating in their environment. The global program gives Citrix customers the ability to flex their XenDesktop deployments beyond the walls of the datacenter, tapping public cloud providers to address fluctuating demand or to leverage regional or purpose-built clouds as a means of addressing regulatory and compliance needs.

Extending Security to Mobile Devices


For a limited time, XenApp and XenDesktop Platinum edition customers can add mobile device management (MDM) or enterprise mobile management (EMM) capabilities at a discount. The Platinum Mobility Promotion enables these customers to get Citrix XenMobile® MDM edition for the price of Software Maintenance, or XenMobile Enterprise edition at a 20 percent discount off the product price. This offer expires September 30, 2014; restrictions apply.

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