Citrix Extends XenApp 6.5 Support, Releases XenServer 6.5 SP1
XenApp customers get a little more time to migrate their virtual app environments to the latest version while XenServer reaches new levels of scalability.ORLANDO, Fla.—Citrix CEO Mark Templeton stood before attendees at the Citrix Synergy conference in Orlando today to reiterate his company's support for its virtual application platform, XenApp. "We've left some questions in your mind about XenApp," he admitted early into his address. "We love XenApp because you love XenApp." In a keynote centered on the theme of mobile-enabled workspaces that promotes productivity on any device, Citrix is offering XenApp 6.5 customers a lifeline, Templeton announced, eliciting applause. "We've decided to extend the lifecycle of XenApp 6.5 until 2017," he said, enabling organizations to continue to derive value from their current investments and ease the process of moving to the latest version. For customers currently contemplating a migration, the company is releasing new beta of the cloud-based XenApp upgrade service later this quarter that incorporates Citrix Lifecycle Management, allowing users to create blueprints for their new rollouts.
Also on tap is a "new feature pack that will actually bring XenApp 6.5 way, way forward," with improved storage performance, enhanced profile management, help desk and troubleshooting tools and enhanced support for Lync, Microsoft's enterprise communications platform, which was recently rebranded to Skype for Business. Templeton also promised refreshed versions of Citrix Receiver—which he called "Receiver.next"—and Storefront 3, which operate in tandem to deliver virtualized apps. The latest edition of the latter will accept connections from XenApp 6.5 and 7.6, enabling organizations to set up customizable, unified app storefronts, he said.