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  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and apps to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. It can run on Citrix XenServer or other server virtualization platforms.

  • VMware Blast Extreme

    VMware Blast Extreme is a remote display protocol designed to deliver graphics-intensive virtual workloads using the H.264 advanced video compression standard.

  • Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH)

    Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) is a role in Remote Desktop Services (RDS), or Terminal Services, as it was known prior to Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Applications

Application virtualization can reduce application installation time, minimize security vulnerabilities, improve disaster recovery and reduce system bloat. You can use application streaming to deliver software on demand to PCs, Macs or terminals, and it is often combined with application virtualization. But administrators have had difficulty determining costs and return on investment because of complex licensing and pricing schemes, and also get lost in the confusion presented by different approaches to virtualization. Citrix, VMware, Symantec and Microsoft, as well as other vendors, offer varying mixes of client-side and server-side capabilities.

This section helps you sort through application streaming technologies and determine which is best for your environment. It offers news, expert technical advice, definitions, and reference and learning content to help with virtual desktop management and application virtualization. This section also helps you determine the total cost of ownership for application streaming and how to choose the best tools for your environment.

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  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and apps to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. It can run on Citrix XenServer or other server virtualization platforms.

  • application layering (app layering)

    Application layering is a technology that delivers individual apps or groups of apps in layers distributed to users' virtual desktops at login. This allows IT to manage and update apps and base images separately.

  • Citrix AppDisk

    Citrix AppDisk is a software component of XenApp and XenDesktop that delivers applications in layers independently from the virtual desktop operating system. This process allows administrators to update and manage apps separately from base images.

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Management

Virtual desktop management can empower a mobile workforce, simplify desktop deployment and improve endpoint security -- but only when you create a virtual desktop strategy that suits your environment. This section helps you identify the best virtual desktop tools that enable IT to centrally manage and secure desktop images while still allowing for personalization of desktops. Administrators can run guest operating systems such as Windows or Linux beneath or on top of virtualization software, and users can use thin clients to access applications hosted on consolidated servers. This section outlines how to deploy virtual systems with a hypervisor for easier backup and more secure endpoint devices and helps you identify the best desktop virtualization software for your environment.

Our virtualization news coverage, tips and expert technical advice can help you determine how to best manage virtual desktops.

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  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and apps to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. It can run on Citrix XenServer or other server virtualization platforms.

  • USB redirection (Universal Serial Bus redirection)

    USB redirection lets end users plug peripheral devices into local USB ports and access them from virtual desktops. Redirection tools transmit a device's functionality over the network to a virtual machine in the data center.

  • Citrix Director

    Citrix Director is a management console in XenDesktop and XenApp that allows IT administrators to monitor virtual desktop and application deployments, including user and infrastructure tracking.

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Virtual desktop strategies and architecture

Before investing the time and effort to configure a virtualization infrastructure, you need a virtual desktop strategy and architecture. This section can help you determine the levels of control, security and returns on investment required by your environment. You'll have an easier time gaining user acceptance if you can explain how virtual desktops offer more efficient management, higher levels of security and lower costs from reductions in the amount of hardware needed. In addition, cloud computing can provide flexibility in the number of users, but the industry still needs to agree on definitions and standards before it can be widely adopted for storage, processing or provisioning virtual desktops.

This section includes tips, news and learning content on how to devise a virtual desktop strategy and manage a virtual architecture. Also, learn about virtual desktop infrastructures and cloud computing.

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  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and apps to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. It can run on Citrix XenServer or other server virtualization platforms.

  • VMware Horizon Client

    VMware Horizon Client is software that IT or users install on endpoint devices to connect with Horizon View virtual desktops and applications running on vSphere ESXi servers in a company's data center.

  • Citrix HDX 3D Pro

    Citrix HDX 3D Pro is a group of remote display and graphics acceleration technologies designed to optimize the user experience of resource-intensive virtual applications on the XenDesktop and XenApp platforms.

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Tools & Technology

This section can help you choose among virtual desktop tools that Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and other vendors claim make it easier to provision and manage virtual desktop infrastructures. Learn why end-user participation is vital in determining requirements for role-based virtualization, and read tips and expert advice on the latest technology. For example, Microsoft's Terminal Services, renamed Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, provides virtual desktop sessions for scalability or virtual machines for environments that need to be isolated.

This section provides information about developments in virtual desktop tools and technology. Follow the latest news about software and services, and figure out which products best suit your needs.

Recent Definitions

  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is an application virtualization product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and apps to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. It can run on Citrix XenServer or other server virtualization platforms.

  • VMware Blast Extreme

    VMware Blast Extreme is a remote display protocol designed to deliver graphics-intensive virtual workloads using the H.264 advanced video compression standard.

  • Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH)

    Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) is a role in Remote Desktop Services (RDS), or Terminal Services, as it was known prior to Windows Server 2008 R2.

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