News

XenDesktop Details Emerge as Product Begins Shipping

With a tiered pricing structure designed to undercut VMware's offerings, Citrix has announced the availability of XenDesktop, its much anticipated and discussed product offering in the increasingly important desktop virtualization arena. At the company's Synergy event in Houston, it also took the wraps off of some important product portfolio details.

The complete product line sports five different editions for various use cases. A new Express Edition will provide free desktop virtualization for up to 10 users. The Standard Edition, priced at $75 per concurrent user, represents Citrix's entry-level offering for departmental implementations. The line also includes an Advanced Edition, available for IT shops that have already implemented existing application delivery solutions. The advanced edition sells for $195.

Also being offered is an Enterprise Edition, priced at $295, which integrates application delivery with XenApp for Virtual Desktops. And finally a Platinum Edition ($395) was announced which is optimized for IT shops looking to implement DaaS or "desktop as a service" from a datacenter. According to the company, the Platinum Edition adds a number of enhancements including security and monitoring features. It also includes a VOIP-based click to call feature dubbed EasyCall.

VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the market leader in the desktop virtualization space. It's a niche that is becoming increasingly crowded by major vendors like Citrix, Microsoft HP and Sun, and a number of startups like Desktone, PanoLogic and Qumranet's SolidICE. While VMware's VDI has a head start and is the most visible desktop solution, offerings from the competition usually come in at a lower price.

In desktop virtualization, a user's complete desktop environment, including operating system, applications and personalized settings, are stored in a virtual machine on a server. The environment is then pushed out to the user, who can be using a regular desktop PC, or thin client or other "dummy" terminal.

Virtualization Review Editor Keith Ward contributed to this story.

About the Author

Tom Valovic is a freelance technology writer.

Featured

  • Microsoft Ups Its Windows 10 App Compatibility Assurances

    Microsoft gave assurances this week that organizations adopting Windows 10 likely won't face application compatibility issues.

  • SharePoint Online Users To Get 'Modern' UI Push in April

    Microsoft plans to alter some of the tenant-level blocking capabilities that may have been set up by organizations and deliver its so-called "modern" user interface (UI) to Lists and Libraries for SharePoint Online users, starting in April.

  • How To Use PowerShell Splatting

    Despite its weird name, splatting can be a really handy technique if you create a lot of PowerShell scripts.

  • New Microsoft Customer Agreement for Buying Azure Services To Start in March

    Microsoft will have a new approach for organizations buying Azure services called the "Microsoft Customer Agreement," which will be available for some customers starting as early as this March.

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.