Rob Blincoe | 17 July 2013
Citrix have once again changed the rules of the game when it comes to Server and Desktop virtualisation. XenDesktop 7 is a combination of XenApp and XenDesktop’s infrastructure. Does this combination spell the end of the road for XenApp? In this blog, Rob Blincoe explores whether there is any life left in the old XenApp product.
It has been long-feared that the new combination of products in the form of XenDesktop 7 would mean the end of XenApp as we know it. XenApp has transitioned through various incarnations over the past decade, all making use of the IMA service and architecture. While it is true that the current 6.5 release will be the last that utilises this model, XenApp and its functionality still has plenty of life left in it yet.
With the release of Feature Pack 2 for XenApp 6.5, Citrix have helped to future proof XenApp 6.5 and also add a multitude of extra features and improvements to this Windows 2008r2 based model. Feature Pack 2 for Windows 2008r2 offers the below extra functionality and helps to extend the support of XenApp 6.5 until January 2020:
- Unified app store for desktops, apps, mobile and data
- OpenGL software acceleration
- 3D professional graphics at low cost powered by HDX 3D Pro GPU sharing
- Accelerated application P2V migration with AppDNA
- Latest Microsoft integration with Citrix Connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012
- Support for Microsoft® Lync® 2010
- Seamless local apps integration
- Mobile SDK for Windows Apps and enhanced mobility features
So, whilst the infrastructure that XenDesktop 7 offers is different from the traditional XenApp model, you shouldn't all go rushing into switching off your beloved XenApp servers as soon as possible!
XenApp is still here, it is still a more-than-valid multi-user, server-based computing model to utilise. With the addition of the extra functionality that the Feature Pack 2 brings, the future still looks more than rosy for this traditional, established and much-loved Citrix product.