The main feature in Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 and XenApp 7.5 is hybrid cloud provisioning. Both products are based on FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) which replaces Citrix’s Independent Management Architecture. Citrix has built XenDesktop for organizations which require additional computing power without further investment in hardware. This represents potential cost savings as the business opts for hybrid cloud deployment.
XenDesktop 7 allows for creation of virtual desktop and virtual application on a single platform with support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Citrix CloudPlatform is included in both XenApp and XenDesktop. Microsoft Azure cloud is only available on XenDesktop 7 currently. XenApp has a simplified management console, virtual applications based on the product can be provisioned both on the cloud and on-premises.
“The rapidly changing business environment, combined with the requirements of mobilizing workers, leaves customers looking for more flexible IT infrastructures to achieve their business goals. The new release of XenDesktop gives these customers the only unified architecture for app and desktop delivery, as well as the power of leveraging hybrid or public cloud infrastructure to optimize datacenter operations, enabling them to create a more flexible, mobile enterprise,” says Rakesh Narasimhan, Group VP & GM, Desktops and Apps at Citrix.