Citrix announced a new XenDesktop that supports virtual desktops on laptops and touch devices, along with a new XenServer to simplify virtual machine management.
Citrix Systems unveiled significant upgrades to its virtual desktop and
virtual server at its Synergy
conference in Berlin on Oct. 6.
The launch of XenDesktop
-with support for a wider range of devices, third-party products, as well
as software-as-a-service applications and a slew of new features-was
accompanied by the new release of XenServer
The new XenDesktop brings "unprecedented levels of simplicity and power
to virtual desktops," Citrix said in a statement.
XenDesktop 5 features a simpler and more powerful user interface, enhanced
HDX user experience and new support for tablets, including the Apple iPad, Dell
Streak, and Samsung Galaxy. It also integrated the Dazzle
access technology free of charge into Citrix
Receiver, which provides access to any Windows, Web and SaaS application
regardless of where it is actually hosted.
XenDesktop 5 simplified the install process to make it easier to be up and
running with a virtual desktop, or as Citrix called it, "10 minutes to
Xen." Management is also faster and simpler, with new role-based consoles.
The Desktop Studio is for IT administrators designing, provisioning, and
managing new desktops. The Desktop Director console gives help-desk managers a
way to monitor and support virtual desktops across a distributed environment.
The new System Center
makes it easier for customers to manage applications on both physical and virtual
desktops using the same set of tools.
XenDesktop 5 is visually more appealing, with a new welcome screen, login
experience, and Desktop Viewer. There is also an enhanced high-definition user
experience with new HDX enhancements, including faster video collaboration,
improved audio, high-speed printing, and intelligent quality-of-service
capabilities, the company said.
"With the advances we have made in simplicity, security and
scalability, we are enabling enterprises to unleash the power of virtualization
for all of their users anywhere they are located and on any device they
choose," said Gordon Payne, senior vice president and general manager of
the Desktop Division at Citrix.