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Citrix XenApp R.I.P?

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.


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.

Current QA Citrix XenApp 6.5 based classes;

• Citrix XenApp 6.5 Administration
• Citrix XenApp 6.5 Advanced Administration

Rob Blincoe

Principal Technologist

Rob has been working for QA for 17 years and has 15 years of Citrix experience ranging from Xenapp to Xendesktop, Xenserver and all aspects of Citrix virtualisation. As a Principal Technologist he works closely with Citrix to develop new courses and exams. He participates in numerous steering committees and focus groups to help shape the curriculum and ensure that all QA Citrix Instructors are exposed to new technologies and best practice in IT, prior to their official releases. As virtualisation and Cloud technologies become more popular, Citrix and Appsense products are in a perfect position to assist companies in this exciting and sometimes challenging transition. Areas of expertise: Citrix, Appsense.
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