Citrix Systems has announced Citrix XenApp 6, the de facto standard for centralising applications in the data centre and delivering them as an on-demand service to both physical and virtual desktops.

XenApp 6 offers major new enhancements that simplify computing for IT, including easier central management, enhanced enterprise scalability and seamless integration with Microsoft technologies like App-V and Windows Server 2008 R2. XenApp 6 also improves productivity for end-users with extensive new high-definition HDX technology enhancements and simplified self-service access to apps from any device, including PCs, Macs, laptops and smartphones.
The new enhancements to XenApp 6 will also be available as an integrated feature of the company’s comprehensive desktop virtualisation solution, Citrix XenDesktop 4. Mainstream adoption of desktop virtualisation requires a proven, scalable solution with the ability to deliver any type of virtual desktop to any user on any device, and to be able to interchange delivery technologies at any time.
With more than half the ROI of virtual desktops coming from centralised app management, this integration provides an unparalleled advantage over any other desktop virtualisation solution on the market today. This powerful combination makes it easy for customers to deliver apps as an on-demand service to any user, on any device, across a broad range of both physical and virtual desktops.
Nick Keene, country manager at Citrix Systems South Africa, comments: “Citrix XenApp 6 delivers an entirely new level of IT simplification and user experience that goes beyond anything we’ve ever done with XenApp. The new simplified management capabilities and increased scalability reduce the cost of application management by up to 50% for both physical and virtual desktop environments. Combined with Citrix Dazzle, the self-service enterprise app store, and broad new support for Macs, laptops and smartphones with Citrix Receiver, customers can now deliver apps as an on-demand service to any user in any location at a fraction of the cost of traditional application management.”
Garth Fort, GM of system centre marketing, server and tools business at Microsoft, adds: “With support for Windows Server 2008 R2 in XenApp 6 and new integration with Citrix XenApp and Microsoft App-V, we are providing increasing value to our customers and delivering a simplified yet powerful application delivery infrastructure. Customers can leverage their existing investment in Microsoft solutions while continuing to expand their ability to deliver applications on-demand.”