This week at Citrix Summit in Las Vegas a lot of product updates and portofolio changes were announced. In this blogpost i’ll try to summarize these updates and changes.
Citrix Acquires Comtrade’s SCOM Management Packs IP
Citrix has Acquired the Citrix-specific management pack (MP) technology from Comtrade. Those management packs are add-on packs Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and will be exclusively available from Citrix. The management packs will be available for download in Q1 2016.
The following Citrix Products will be supported via the SCOM Management Packs:
- Provisioning Services
- License Server
Read the Comtrade official press release: http://www.comtradeproducts.com/news/citrix-acquires-comtrades-scom-management-packs-ip/
Citrix plans to sell the CloudPlatform product to Accelerite. The reason to sell this product is to have more Focus on the core products.
Citrix will work closely with Accelerite to build on CloudPlatform integrations with XenServer, NetScaler and Citrix Workspace Cloud.
In December 2015 Citrix already released the XenMobile Server 10.3 version which contains a lot of new features and policies for iOS 9, Android for Work, Samsung KNOX, Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. This release also allows you to manage Mac OS X, and Windows 10.
At Summit Citrix also announced two new Worx applications named WorxForms and WorxChat. WorxChat will use the Microsoft Lync backend technology. Both applications will be in Tech Preview soon.
XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7
Release 7.7 is available now and contains new features like:
- Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack
- Microsoft Azure support for MCS
- On-prem PVS support for Windows 10
- Zone management
- Application Limits
- Proactive monitoring and alerting with Director
- SCOM integration
See the full list: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-7/what-is-new.html
Provisioning Services 7.7
With the new release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 Provisioning Services got a refresh as well. Provisioning Services 7.7 contains the following new features:
- VHDX support (new default vDisk format)
- Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) pre-boot support
- Windows 10 support
- Multiple CPU bootstrap support
- In-place upgrade of target device software (target device software 7.6.1 required!)
- Wizard driven provisioning of vGPU-enabled XenDesktop machines
See the full list: http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/provisioning/7-7/pvs-new.html
XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8
At Summit there is already a new version of XenApp and XenDesktop announced, version 7.8. This version will be released in Q1 this year. This version will contain at least the following new features:
- AppDisk technology
- AppDNA integration for AppDisk applications
- Microsoft App-V integration with Citrix Studio
- Improved app publishing experience
- Session Recording for VDI
- Self-Service password reset for StoreFront
- Enhanced graphics performance for virtual desktops
Citrix already annouched the NetScaler CPX as tech preview just before Christmas 2015. With NetScaler CPX is a lightweight NetScaler ADC that runs in a container. However, this CPX runs the same code as other NetScaler platforms like the VPX and MPX.
The CPX can be used by application developers who can run the CPX directly on their laptop. With this they can make use of the ADC functionaliteit during the entire application development process. NetScaler CPX can be provisioned and deployed using the Docker command line just like any other Container in the system.
The Tech Preview is available only in Q1 2016 and is expected to be GA in the middle of 2016.
NetScaler CPX annoucement: https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2015/12/15/early-christmas-present-a-big-surprise-in-a-small-container/
Citrix Workspace Cloud
The Citrix Workspace Cloud service is big and getting new features on a very regular basis. At Summit Citrix announced the AppDisk and Provisioning Services Tech Preview for Apps and Desktop within Citrix Workspace Cloud.
This blogpost explain how you can use Provisioning Services in Citrix Workspace Cloud: https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/01/08/using-pvs-with-the-citrix-workspace-cloud-apps-and-desktop-service/
Feedback on these services are extremly helpfull. Read Harsh Gupta blog on the new Citrix Workspace Cloud features and how you can help making them better: https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/01/11/apps-and-desktops-service-appdisk-pvs-tech-previews/
Updated Platinum Edition for XenApp and XenDesktop
In the past it was hard to see what features are unique and needed for a customer to buy a platinum license. At Summit Citrix annouched new added value for the XenApp and XenDesktop Platinum Edition. The following features will be added to the Platinum Edition as soon as these products are available:
- New SCOM Management Packs for Citrix Full Stack Monitoring
- AppDNA for AppDisk (from within Citrix Studio!)
- Director Proactive Notification and Alerting
- Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR as known from Password Manager in the past)
XenApp and XenDesktop Servicing Options
Citrix announced two new servicing options for XenApp and XenDesktop. Long Term Service Release (LTSR) and Current Release (CR).
Long Term Service Release means that customers with a valid Software Maintenance contract can retain on a particular release for an extended period of time while receiving minor updates that provide fixes, typically void of new functionality. This will bring enterprise customers a extended lifecycle and predictable maintenance.
Current Release means that customers with a valid Subscription Advantage or Software Mainenance contract have the ability to stay on the latest version. With rapid release cycles Citrix bring the latest features available as soon as possible. This will bring customers rapid release cycles and more opportunities for enhancements.
XenApp & XenDesktop Servicing Options datasheet: https://www.citrix.com/content/dam/citrix/en_us/documents/products-solutions/citrix-xenapp-xendesktop-servicing-options-datasheet.pdf