Administrators have a lot of different choices when it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure. One may even think about the differences between VDI software options and remote display protocols. Here we will discuss some biggest problems faced by VDI admins to help you get things in straight.
Citrix XenDesktop is a dedicated software solution for the configuration of virtual desktops.
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XenApp is a software solution for the virtualization of applications.
Xen App vs. Xen Desktop
The difference between Xen App and Xen Desktop is that while XenDesktop is software designed to implement virtual desktops through VDI, XenApp is software designed to virtualize applications using SBC (Server Based Computing).
Application virtualization allows IT to deliver applications in the best way. It separates the app from the OS, and further, you don’t need to install apps. It is easy to upgrade and patch and run multiple versions on the same OS. The primary application delivering tool are VMware Thinapp, Citrix XenApp, and Microsoft App-V. Each product here has its advantages and benefits, like if you run VMware Horizon View, then ThinApp may be your first choice.
In this application virtualization comparison, we break different features and capabilities. Now let us get straight to the apps and their abilities.
XenApp is a full package delivery system, while ThinApp and App-V only have app virtualization features. In May 2013, Citrix killed their app streaming system because windows 12 and windows eight servers were so general that XenApp would have needed to rewrite to keep running the streaming feature. The company has also combined XenApp and XenDesktop to console the VDI and application presentation management system.
XenApp is beneficial for those IT shops with many old and new applications and wants to virtualize apps that ThinApp and App-V don’t support. It makes it easy to access apps from devices at any time and anywhere.
What’s New in Citrix XenApp?
Citrix XenApp 6.5 has reduced the application launch time through the instant app access feature. The company has added many different advantages, such as a mobility pack and user logon technology with improved graphics and performance.
It has some features that XenApp and App-V don’t have. It is the most portable tool for application virtualization. One can efficiently run the ThinApp application from anywhere. It doesn’t need to install any software and doesn’t require any admin rights to access the application from remote locations like an airport lounge.
There are instances where the users have tagged VMware as a trickier option to manage applications because it won’t have any established management platform.
What’s New in ThinApp
ThinApp 5.0 has a 64-bit application and the ability to support Microsoft Office and Internet explorer. It also has the latest group policy and also supports Windows 8.1.
Microsoft App-V has centralized management. Microsoft application virtualization is popular in shops moving to windows 8. It reduces the disk requirements by allowing IT to turn off local application storage.
What’s New in Microsoft App-V 5.0
The new Microsoft latest version provides more experience to users. It has introduced new features for mobile workers like streaming over WAN using direct access.