Solution providers looking for a virtualization manager that does more than desktops may have their answer in Citrix XenApp 6, the latest version of server software that enables applications to run in a data center and be delivered as an on-demand service to both physical and virtual desktops.
XenApp 6 is designed to run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and integrate with Microsoft’s App-V application virtualization offerings. It also features technology enhancements for high-definition HDX – useful for users of videoconferencing and audioconferencing applications – and the ability for users to service themselves in their application deployment no matter the device, be it a PC, Mac, laptop or smart phone.
XenApp 6 can scale up to more than 100,000 concurrent users in a single farm – making the software a cost-effective alternative to widespread application installations within enterprises as well as a decent platform for service providers offering virtual environments to their end-user customers. XenApp 6 also includes AppCenter, a management console that enables central management of all applications from one location.
The latest version also integrates with Citrix Dazzle, an online app store providing access to myriad applications that users can simply download without needing IT support. The apps then can be used on any device including Macs and smart phones such as Apple iPhone, Google Android and Windows Mobile – a first for XenApp.
“Citrix XenApp 6 delivers an entirely new level of IT simplification and user experience that goes beyond anything we’ve ever done with XenApp,” said Bill Burley, group vice president and general manager of the XenApp Product Group at Citrix. “The new simplified management capabilities and increased scalability reduce the cost of application management by up to 50 percent for both physical and virtual desktop environments.”
XenApp will be available for release in late March and will be offered as a free upgrade to all XenApp customers with current Subscription Advantage agreements. Pricing starts at $350 per concurrent user.