Citrix Turbocharges Virtual Desktop with HDX Nitro

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-12 Print this article Print

Citrix previews the next generation of its HDX software at its Synergy conference. HDX Nitro is designed to speed up the virtual computing user experience.

SAN FRANCISCO-Citrix Systems on May 12 demonstrated a beefed-up version of its bread-and-butter desktop "user experience" software, HDX, a key ingredient in the XenDesktop for Windows 7.

The announcement was made at the company's Synergy conference here at Moscone Center.

Dubbed HDX Nitro, the improved virtualization software is designed to turbocharge all aspects of virtual computing, a Citrix spokesperson told eWEEK.

Latency has always been the Achilles' heel of virtual desktops, and now that annoyance may be well on its way to being solved.

Citrix said in HDX Nitro it has added code improvements that enable instant-on applications, faster rendering of images on screen and a "sense and respond" feature that speeds up each user's connection based on the capabilities of his or her device and the speed of the current network connection.

Citrix also claimed that with these internal augmentations, HDX Nitro will provide faster printing-while using only 10 percent of the bandwidth usually consumed by a desktop or laptop computer for printing.

These improvements affect the entire data chain within enterprise networks, from application and Web servers in data centers through all networks to on-site clients, Citrix said.

HDX Nitro's "smart" function anticipates a person's pattern of application use and readies the hypervisor for it.

Citrix said it wants HDX Nitro to be smart enough to collect usage data, factor in all relevant variables and gauge everything from network conditions to the device type, then automatically select the fastest and most efficient path for display and execution of content, the spokesperson said.

Citrix wasn't specific about when the HDX Nitro improvements will get into the XenDesktop, only saying they are planned "for upcoming releases."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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