Virtual XenDesktop gets 3D treatment

Citrix breaks ground in the virtual desktop domain with its new HDX 3D technology which provides high definition performance to its XenDesktop across any WAN or LAN

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Virtual XenDesktop gets 3D treatment The future is 3D: Citrix adds a new dimension to its popular virtual desktop with HDX 3D technology.
By  Julian Pletts Published  August 31, 2009

Citrix Systems has added HDX 3D technology to its XenDesktop which it claims brings a further high-definition experience to its virtual desktop, even in the most demanding high-end professional graphics environments.

The vendor says that the new technology brings a high definition 3D experience across any network and in any location whilst maintaining the integrity and security of information by still allowing it to be hosted on a centralised server.

“Unlike other players in the market, we’ve invested 20 years in innovating what it takes to deliver desktops and apps to users,” claimed Raj Dhingra, group vice president and general manager, XenDesktop product group at Citrix Systems.

“XenDesktop with HDX Technology provides the only desktop virtualisation solution that can deliver the best possible user experience for every user type without sacrificing performance over the LAN or WAN,” added Dhingra.

The vendor called upon market research experts IDC to backup its assertions that it is at the forefront of investment and innovation in the virtual desktop arena.

“Desktop virtualisation, and XenDesktop in particular, has really picked up steam in 2009. A critical success factor to mass adoption in the enterprise remains the ability to ensure a PC-like experience over any network, which is particularly critical for employees who work with high-end graphics, design software, animation and the like,” confirmed Michael Rose, research analyst at IDC.

“Although these use cases have not historically been considered within the reach of centralised virtual desktop architectures, in many cases they may make an ideal use case if a powerful user experience is achieved,” Rose added. “It is exciting to see new technology innovations like HDX 3D in XenDeskop, which extends multimedia performance and makes virtualisation a viable solution for a broader set of users.

If Citrix is to be believed the HDX 3D consumes 10 times less bandwidth over the WAN and LAN than alternatives, while still providing a high-definition user experience, which allows enterprises to implement virtual desktops without going through any expensive network upgrades.  

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