We hosted a webinar earlier this week with Dai Vu (Microsoft), Calvin Hsu (Citrix), and Tom James (Intel). It was a great discussion on the different desktop virtualization options. We ran out of time to answer audience questions, so I tracked down the experts to get them answered. See below for the questions. Also, you can find the presentation attached to this blog post.

 

Click here to view the desktop virtualization webinar. FYI, This site requires registration.

 

How will you help customers make the right decisions?

Citrix, our channel partners and solution integrator partners all offer assessment services to help customers understand and segment the different user cases, application requirements and desktop requirements. These tools will help customers find the right blend of virtualization technologies to implement. The important thing from a Citrix perspective is that regardless which technologies are required for various use cases, they are all enabled by one license for XenDesktop.

 

Aren’t Xen-App and App-v competing technologies?

No, XenApp works with App-V to expand its reach and offer additional delivery options.  Think of XenApp as a complete application delivery system for hosted apps and virtualized apps, going to any sort of device over any network. Those apps could original from the MS RDS platform or App-V.

 

When can we expect or where can we find documentation to put together a Proof of Concept lab for the combined Citrix and Microsoft VDI solutions using XenDesktop4 and App-V and Med-V?

Citrix and Microsoft have collaborated on a number of reference architectures and PoC scenarios. So far we have done XenDesktop 4 with Hyper-V and System Center. There are others in the works that reference using App-V but unfortunately I do not have a confirmed completion date at this time.

 

Could you talk more specifically about the difference or similarities between Citrix HDX 3D for Professional Graphics and Microsoft RemoteFX?

HDX3D is really targeted at high-end professional graphics use cases, and currently, it is designed to be most optimized with some fairly high-end GPU hardware running on a dedicated workstation for each user. Our goal was to be able to support very complex 3D models and rendering over the WAN. For everyday desktop graphics, this type of horsepower is excessive. RemoteFX is designed to enable multiple users to share a GPU for more moderate, everyday desktop graphics, delivered over a LAN to users.