Citrix Is 'Going Mobile,' Opens XenDesktop 7, XenMobile To Any Device


While Citrix's Templeton said that HDX Mobile is great for turning the typical Windows application into one that can be hosted as a service for mobile users, what is really needed is the ability to do the same with bandwidth-intensive applications such as virtualization, 3-D and big data.

To do so, Citrix on Wednesday also unveiled a partnership with Nvidia. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder of Nvidia, said his company is integrating Citrix virtualized application technology into its new "Kepler" GPUs and is integrating its Nvidia Grid vGPU with XenDesktop 7 to allow any Windows application to be available as a service.

Citrix's Peterson demonstrated the use of Adobe Photoshop running as a service on an iPad and how a photo could be manipulated with various filters in real time on the iPad's touchscreen.

"Photoshop was completely unchanged. ... [You're] using your finger to control Windows," Huang said.

Templeton, noting that Citrix has not forgotten its large installed base, also introduced XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 2, which adds HDS 3D with GPU sharing, a new mobile SDK for Windows applications, support for Microsoft Lync 2013 and seamless local application integration.

Both Citrix XenDesktop 7 and XenDesktop 6.5 Feature Pack 2 are expected to be available in June, Templeton said.

Tony Berholt, head of finances and services at Xenit, a Sweden-based solution provider, called XenDesktop 7 a huge step in the right direction for Citrix.

XenDesktop 7 uses a single console to manage both shared and dedicated resources for hosted desktop users, significantly easing management issues, Berholt said.

"It's easier for customers when the two environments are combined," he said. "About 80 percent of users for most customers use shared infrastructures. But for some employees with special requirements or who use applications like 3-D, they can get access to dedicated desktop environments."

While Citrix XenDesktop 7 focuses on delivering Windows apps to mobile devices, the company also wants to add mobile user experience to the full gamut of enterprise applications, Templeton said. "Paying attention to the experience may be the most important part of all," he said.

To that end, Citrix on Wednesday introduced Citrix XenMobile Enterprise Edition, a solution for delivering mobile services to businesses.

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