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AppDNA Releases Beta of AppTitude Virtualization Manager for Citrix XenApp
AppDNA, the worldwide leader in compatibility testing for application environments, released a beta of AppTitude Virtualization Manager for Citrix® XenApp™ and is working with Citrix on application compatibility testing for its XenApp product line. AppTitude for Citrix XenApp is designed to make it even easier for partners and customers to deliver applications via XenApp – either hosted on the server or streamed directly to the user’s device. The beta test was first available at the Citrix Summit™ event in October and will conclude in mid-December, with general availability in January 2009. Currently over 80 Citrix partners from around the world are participating.

AppDNA’s AppTitude 3.0 is the industry’s first application compatibility testing solution that can help organizations to determine the optimal method of application delivery. AppTitude 3.0 provides business benefits that were never before possible, including vastly reducing the time, costs and risks associated with deployment of operating system migrations, software upgrades and virtualization. Citrix XenApp 5 is the next-generation application virtualization solution designed to provide the best way to deliver Windows applications to physical and virtual desktops with superior user experience. It leverages all of the enhancements in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with 64- and 32-bit capability and fully supports Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

With its ability to test for a number of new server-related functions, AppTitude 3.0 provides a single view of essential information on every application across the enterprise regarding suitability for virtualization, including XenApp and Microsoft Windows Terminal Services. AppTitude 3.0 also flags applications with potential interoperability and overlap issues.

“Relying solely on manual application compatibility testing is expensive and impractical, especially for large-scale virtualization deployments,” said Bill Burley, vice president and general manager, Application Virtualization Group, Citrix Systems. “AppDNA’s AppTitude solution helps automate the process, enabling our partners and customers to improve the way they test their application portfolio for compatibility issues. Gaining valuable insight into the impact of virtualization, application and operating system changes prior to production deployments is a significant benefit. We expect our partners’ participation in the AppDNA beta program to yield positive business benefits for every organization delivering applications via XenApp.”

“Citrix and AppDNA are dedicated to improving the way customers and partners assess their application compatibility in virtualization deployments,” said Mike Welling, CEO of AppDNA. “We are very pleased to be working with Citrix, especially because so many Citrix partners have chosen to take part in our beta program. AppTitude 3.0, with its new ‘Best Fit’ capabilities, provides a powerful analytic dashboard for dramatically improving application compatibility management that will help streamline deployment of XenApp.”

Citrix Support in AppTitude 3.0

The new AppTitude 3.0 release includes the AppTitude Virtualization Manager for Citrix XenApp, which allows organizations to rapidly move to XenApp by automatically identifying potential application compatibility issues and recommending actions to fix them. AppTitude 3.0 can test for application compatibility with XenApp versions 3.0 through 5. Included in the product are two types of analysis: static and run-time. AppTitude 3.0 also supports overlap analysis showing whether or not a particular application can be installed on a given server by checking for shared resources, such as file and registry keys. With these new capabilities the product is a highly-effective tool for Citrix XenApp server farm planning and management.

Published Tuesday, December 16, 2008 8:15 PM by David Marshall
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