The Product

The product to be used in all rounds of the ICSC role-play competition will be XenDeskTop by Citrix

What is a virtual desktop?
  1. A virtual desktop is an individual user’s interface in a virtualized environment. The virtualized desktop is stored on a remote server rather than locally.

Desktop virtualization software separates the physical machine from the software and presents an isolated operating system for users.  Desktop virtualization tools include XenApp and XenDeskTop by Citrix, Microsoft Virtual PC, VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop for Mac.

The benefits of desktop virtualization include:

  • Cost savings because resources can be shared and allocated on an as-needed basis.
  • More efficient use of resources and energy.
  • Improved data integrity because backup is centralized.
  • Centralized administration.
  • Fewer compatibility issues.

Knowledge workers who use mostly business software applications are good candidates for desktop virtualization. The model is not generally viable for users with high resource demands.

Information about the product

  1. What is Citrix?  This video is a high-level overview of what Citrix offers for application delivery.
  2. Customers Choose Citrix over the competition?
  3. XenDesktop Real World Use Cases
  4. University of Florida Education use case
  5.   What is Citrix XenDesktop
  6. XenDesktop apps and desktops from the Citrix Cloud.
  7. of Citrix Cloud

Extra: The Difference Between VDI and Terminal Server  What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Additional White Papers
  1. The Value of VDI
  2. Citrix and Skype for Business
  3. Top 10 XenDesktop Use Cases
  4. Examples of VDI Applications