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Citrix Announces New XenApp, XenDesktop Version 7.8 Virtualization Products

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The Citrix Summit 2016 event is well underway this week in Las Vegas.  And while on stage, Citrix executives told audience members that the company is turning around two updates on two of its key virtualization products -- XenApp and XenDesktop. 

First, the company announced that Citrix XenApp 7.7 and XenDesktop 7.7 (released on December 29th, 2015) were both now being made available for download on

At the same time, the company announced that they would quickly be bringing to market Citrix XenApp 7.8 and XenDesktop 7.8, sometime in Q1 of 2016.

Between all the features and functionality already released in version 7.7 of both products, as well as the planned set of features being made available in the soon to be released version 7.8, this coming release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 will be the most feature-rich release of both products to date.

Citrix said version 7.7 focuses on new cloud provisioning and collaboration optimization between themselves and Microsoft.  But the 7.8 release will be focused on enhancing application management and delivery, optimizing the user experience while increasing server scalability and extending the flexibility of the architecture to be more robust based on vertical and user needs.

The 7.8 release of XenApp and XenDesktop offers the following benefits:

  • Simplifying app management by layering apps onto a master OS image with AppDisk. New AppDisk technology allows admins to package and manage applications independent of their master OS image alleviating the management complexity of multiple, departmental-based images. AppDisk makes it easy to install or update applications without impacting the golden desktop or server image.
  • Integrated AppDNA compatibility testing for applications layered with AppDisk. AppDNA extends the layering benefits of AppDisk by providing instant application compatibility reporting and layer reordering for assigned AppDisks. Now an admin will be able to validate and remediate any OS or inter-app compatibility issues before distributing the AppDisk applications to their employees.
  • Seamlessly manage Microsoft App-V packages from the Studio admin console. XenApp and XenDesktop admins may now use Citrix Studio to manage the distribution of App-V applications to virtual desktops or XenApp servers without requiring separate App-V server and database infrastructure simplifying administrative processes and eliminating additional infrastructure costs.
  • Improved app publishing experience. Large enterprises manage hundreds of applications across thousands of servers. The newly improved Studio has a more intuitive user interface for app publishing as well as new features that enable the admin to publish apps to multiple delivery groups, improved tag management for easier management and tracking across machines, apps and delivery groups.
  • Enhanced graphics performance for virtual desktops. Optimizing the graphics performance for virtual desktops is critical to adoption and this release brings even more enhancements including the combination of our innovative Framehawk display technology with our high performance HDX 3D Pro graphics acceleration for Windows 7 and 8 virtual desktops.
  • Higher scalability for innovative Framehawk technology. Newly released Framehawk remote display technology provides a brilliant user experience under very challenging network conditions and provides real-time interactivity on networks where packet losses impair performance. This release brings scalability enhancements that enable over 40% reduction in memory footprint, up to 20% increase in CPU efficiency, and over 50% reduction in bandwidth efficiency when scrolling via touch input, as well as a significantly increased frame rate for a smoother user experience.
  • And more ... Just to give you a few: the ability to record virtual desktops sessions using Session Recording for VDI to pinpoint and speed troubleshooting; enhancements to Citrix StoreFront like self-service password reset; and vertical specific enhancements like passing through the client name to published apps, which is very important for healthcare administrators.

Earlier today, Citrix also announced an acquisition of Comtrade's SCOM management packs.  According to the company, the deal will provide users with end-to-end monitoring and single-pane visibility into the entire Citrix desktop virtualization, network and mobility environment.

Published Monday, January 11, 2016 3:29 PM by David Marshall
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