Citrix and Microsoft

Expand Microsoft RDS and VDI with Citrix XenApp

Microsoft Windows Server platform and Windows 10 provides a solid foundation for any RDS and VDI deployment. The native Microsoft solution provides us with the ability to deliver Windows-based applications and a full Windows desktop to Windows, Mac and iOS endpoints. The native solution also allows us to deliver these resources to external users, while trying to minimize any attack footprint onto the internal network. However, due to the complexity of most IT environments, Microsoft RDS and VDI often requires additional capabilities, only available when integrating Citrix XenApp into the solution.

Device, app and cloud flexibility

Flexibility is a core component of an integrated Microsoft and Citrix application and desktop virtualization solution. Not only can an integrated solution include numerous resources like Windows-based applications, Windows-based desktops (shared, pooled, personal and local) and Linux-based desktops, but the integration of Microsoft RDS/VDI with Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop also allows any user to access any application or desktop on any device delivered from any hypervisor our cloud platform.

Delightful and productive user experiences

A technical solution is only viable and considered a success if users have an experience they wish to repeat. When organizations need to go beyond the delivery of Office-based applications to include custom line-of-business applications, mission critical applications and high-definition graphical applications, a Microsoft and Citrix integrated solution is a requirement. However, the user experience goes beyond the power of the protocol, the user experience must focus on the end-to-end experience from when the user first accesses the environment to when they leave. Only a joint Microsoft and Citrix are capable of this type of experience with technology like fast app access, Microsoft Lync optimization and storage optimization.

Simple, scalable management and support capabilities

With a few users all located in a single site, it is easy for an IT admin to understand how well the infrastructure is performing and how good of an experience the users are receiving. However, as the solution grows in size, scope and locations, admins require centralized management capabilities. With a quick glance, an admin must be able to ascertain the health of the infrastructure and the user experience. An admin must have the tools available to maintain and update production systems without downtime while being able to recover from a business disruption due to a faulty hotfix or update in a matter of minutes.

Contextual and embedded security

With a single set of users accessing a single application, security is straightforward, but as more user groups start accessing desktops and applications from multiple locations, security policies must become more dynamic and a simple Allow/Deny. In order for security policies to work, they must be seamless to the user. Even though a user’s permissions will change based on device or location, the user experience for accessing the environment should not differ. An integrated Microsoft and Citrix RDS and VDI solution provides organizations with this level of dynamic security.

Skype for Business Optimization Pack: HDX RealTime Media Engine

The HDX RealTime Media Engine is a plug-in to the Citrix Receiver to support clear, crisp high-definition audio-video calls, particularly with Microsoft Skype® for Business. Users can seamlessly participate in audio-video or audio-only calls to and from other HDX RealTime Media Engine users, native Skype® for Business and Lync® client users, and other standards-based desktop video and conference room systems. The HDX RealTime Media Engine is available for Windows, Mac and Linux devices.