For Citrix Service Providers, the release of XenDesktop 7.5 and XenApp 7.5 means accelerated application deployments and more rapid delivery of end user hosted desktops and applications. In the fast-moving Desktops-as-a-Service market, the new XenDesktop and XenApp releases give Citrix Service Providers clear advantages. Citrix Service Providers have access to tools to more quickly and accurately implement custom applications into a hosted desktop and application environment, especially with the newly released XenDesktop 7.5 and XenApp 7.5 versions for Citrix Service Providers on the Premium offering.  (Note: the Citrix Service Provider Premium offering includes XenDesktop Platinum, XenApp Platinum, VDI-in-a-Box, XenServer and Branch Repeater).

Faster Time to Hosted Desktop Deployment with Application Compatibility, Application Discovery

For any deployment, there are two questions that challenge every service provider:  1) how well will my customer’s applications virtualize? 2) how many apps does my client have anyway?

Only Citrix has answers to these questions built into the XenDesktop deployment process.

In the Citrix Premium offering, XenDesktop Platinum and XenApp Platinum now include AppDNA to automate application compatibility testing. Combine AppDNA with Lakeside FastTrack data to accurately discover applications in the environment - and when they were last used.

With XenDesktop 7.5 and XenApp 7.5, Citrix Service Providers using the Premium offering now have no-charge access to the AppDNA application compatibility software. AppDNA automates the testing, remediation and virtualization of applications that will be used in a Citrix Service Provider Premium environment. Citrix Service Providers can now use AppDNA to size and scope the time and work involved in migrating applications to a XenDesktop or XenApp environment. Since many Citrix Service Providers specialize in very unique vertical applications and homegrown or custom applications developed just for their clients, AppDNA empowers Citrix Service Providers with unmatched power to smoothly handle even the toughest application compatibility challenges.

Service Providers run into challenges scoping the actual application count in a client’s environment. To accurate scope work, Citrix empowers all service provider partners on any XenApp or XenDesktop edition to use Lakeside Software FastTrack at no charge. Lakeside FastTrack discovers applications in the client environment, ensuring no surprises when the project statement of work is developed. Part of Citrix Project Accelerator, the no-charge FastTrack offer helps service providers find all of the applications- managed and unmanaged – that are used in a client environment.   Read more about Lakeside application discovery for service providers and DaaS projects in this Lakeside blog.

Even better news – the results of application discovery with FastTrack can be tied into a Citrix AppDNA application compatibility report to clearly see the full extent of the applications in use and their overall compatibility for use in XenApp, XenDesktop and Microsoft App-V.  The automation with FastTrack and AppDNA saves Citrix Service Providers weeks and months of work in dealing with troublesome applications that are vital to a customer’s business.

Automating application discovery and application compatibility means Citrix Service Providers can accurately test all of a client’s applications at one time, quickly see the percentage that can be virtualized with no application remediation and actually start delivering hosted desktops and applications.  This means less time and money spent on implementation, which results in happier end users and a faster time to start monthly billing for in-production hosted desktop and app services.  Read more about AppDNA in XenDesktop 7.5 here and visit the full AppDNA blog roster for further detail on using AppDNA to accelerate virtualization projects.

More Options with Any Cloud, Direct Provisioning

Citrix uniquely allows service providers to use the cloud environment that works best for their business – and their end client’s goals. Citrix Service Providers can deploy on a public cloud like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, or a private cloud.  Enabling service providers with more options, XenDesktop and XenApp 7.5 include hybrid cloud provisioning to enable native, integrated provisioning directly to CloudPlatform based IaaS clouds.  Read more in this XenDesktop and CloudPlatform blog.

Quickly deliver hosted desktops and apps, satisfying end users

Overall, the new XenDesktop and XenApp 7.5 releases bring many new end user features for even smoother hosted desktop and application experiences. Plus, several new features smooth the deployment and administration for Citrix Service Provider technical staff.

Learn more about what’s new in XenDesktop and XenApp 7.5 in the Citrix blogs.

Current Citrix Service Providers can learn more about upgrading to Premium offering from Citrix Service Provider distributors or the Citrix Service Provider program team.