What Is the Difference between Citrix and VDI?

What Is the Difference between Citrix and VDI? 

Citrix and VDICitrix and VDI – Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) is an application delivery solution that allows access to Windows-based applications to any device compatible with Citrix Receiver.

VDI stands for virtual desktop infrastructure. A VDI desktop is a desktop running on a server in the datacenter that a user can access from virtually any device. To use VDI with Citrix, you need to purchase Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop). Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) and VMware Horizon are two well-known solutions to implement and deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure.  

What Are the Different Types of VDI? 

While there is a common definition of VDI, there are various methodologies to deliver virtual desktops, classified into three main categories: 

 

What Are the Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) Limitations for VDI? 

Deploying and maintaining VDI with Citrix is complicated due to different licenses offering different features. For example, to support desktop-based VDI and server-based VDI, organizations need to upgrade from Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop)—even in its Platinum Edition, Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) does not support a full VDI. 

How to Deploy VDI with Citrix 

To deploy VDI with Citrix, organizations must consider what kind of VDI they will need for their infrastructures (desktop, server, or session-based). They also need to be aware that publishing applications requires either Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) Enterprise/Platinum version.

Citrix’s VDI solution Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) works in small environments as well as large ones, but it’s geared toward medium and large enterprise. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) is available in three versions. 

  1. XenDesktop VDI  

This version provides only the basic Citrix VDI technology, restricting the delivery options to VDI and personal VDI (session-based VDI), without the traditional Citrix product Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp). 

  1. XenDesktopEnterprise  

This version offers more VDI features but is missing certain key features, such as Common Criteria certified, fine-grained context-based policy, session recording, and more.  The main benefit of this version is the inclusion of Citrix’s flagship product Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp). Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) virtualizes applications and is often paired with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) to reduce individual user storage footprint. 

  1. XenDesktopPlatinum 

This version includes all Citrix VDI features, plus an enhanced version of Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) called XenApp Platinum. It also includes a couple of additional features such as seamless local applications, self-service password reset, and a UX network analysis.
 

Note: To deploy a fully featured application and desktop delivery infrastructure with Citrix, you also need to purchase Citrix add-ons (NetScaler). 

 

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What’s the difference between Citrix and VDI? | whitehatvirtual.com 

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Citrix Systems | en.wikipedia.org 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrix_Systems 

 

Citrix Products Evolve, but Name Changes Obscure Unification | redmondmag.com 

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Comparing Citrix VDI options: XenDesktop vs. VDI-in-a-Box | searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com 

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12 services that make up the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) Flex Management Architecture! | basvankaam.com 

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