Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x: Upgrades/Migrations are Lagging


As a follow up to our previous post, we have some more poll data to share from our Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x webinar in late August. During the webinar we polled the 500+ attendees to find out where they were with the Citrix XA/XD 7.x rollout.

Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x was first released almost two and half years ago. But interestingly, we found that many Citrix customers are continuing to run earlier versions of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

eG Innovations Poll: Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop Pre-Version 7.x Installations

Citrix XenApp 6.x continues to be popular, with 63% still running this version. This number is roughly unchanged from a similar poll we conducted a year ago. In our previous blog post we reported that Citrix XenApp 7.x deployments have doubled in this same period, but this new figure suggests that much of the current XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x deployment is concentrated in new farms, rather than upgrades/migrations from XenApp 6.x.

Also, while 19% reported having Citrix XenDesktop 5.x running in their infrastructure, a surprising 16% are still running Citrix XenApp 4.x, despite it having reached end of life.

Considering a migration to Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x? eG Innovations can help:

eG Enterprise is an invaluable resource to help ensure smooth, successful migrations and new farm launches. Gathering benchmarked performance data from your legacy infrastructure is the best way to know exactly how your new version launch should perform, allowing you to tune your users’ experience before you go live. eG Enterprise makes it easy to eliminate the guesswork.

For detailed information about Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop performance management, please read our free white paper, Five Common Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Performance Challenges – DOWNLOAD NOW.

Also, please note that the popular webinar Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 is available on-demand. This webinar discusses important, field-proven best practices to ensure success in your Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x deployments, whether you are planning a new farm or looking into migration from a legacy version. To watch now, CLICK HERE.

Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.x Adoption Growing Rapidly


As part of our Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x webinar in late August, we polled the 500+ attendees to find out where they were with the Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x rollout:

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These numbers indicate the rising adoption of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x in live deployments, as they are roughly double the adoption percentages we collected only one year ago.

Considering the move to Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.x? eG Innovations can help:

Our on-demand webinar Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 features Rob Beekmans, Senior Consultant with PQR and Srinivas Ramanathan, CEO of eG Innovations. The presenters discuss important, field-proven best practices to ensure success in your Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x deployments. To watch now, CLICK HERE.

How to Detect and Resolve Five Common Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Performance Challenges [Webinar]


Five Common Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Performance ChallengesPeak performance and a positive user experience are the keys to the success of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop deployments to virtualize your applications and desktops. When application slowness occurs – and users notice – productivity and business revenue can be negatively impacted.

Join us for the ‘ How to Detect and Resolve Five Common Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Performance Challenges ‘ live webinar to learn how to optimize your virtualized Citrix infrastructure for peak performance and end user satisfaction.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET | 7:00 PM UK | 8:00 PM CET

Register Now

Bala Vaidhinathan, CTO of eG Innovations, a Citrix-Ready Partner, will help you discover how to address common performance challenges as well as discuss Citrix performance monitoring best practices, including how you can:

  • Resolve user complaints at the helpdesk, without escalating issues to Citrix experts
  • Troubleshoot and resolve Citrix logon slowness issues quickly
  • Find the root-cause of “Citrix is slow” complaints and determine what is causing the problem – i.e., network, VMware, Active Directory, application, Citrix, storage, etc.
  • Respond to ‘my browser is slow in Citrix’ – is it the browser users are accessing or something else?
  • Go from reactive to proactive monitoring of your Citrix services and keep users satisfied and productive

Register Here 

We look forward to seeing you online!

Monitoring Anything Citrix


The Citrix Journey – From Access to Mobility 

eG Innovations has been a Citrix partner since 2003. Those were the days when Citrix’s messaging was around “access”. Thin client computing and then server-based computing were the hot topics. Discussions around the efficiency of RDP and ICA ruled and Citrix Resource Manager was the best way to monitor a Citrix server. What was then Citrix MetaFrame soon became Citrix Presentation Server and is now Citrix XenApp.

Citrix in the early days
Citrix in the early days

Citrix and the industry have come a long way since then. No longer is Citrix a single product company. We have hosted virtual desktops provisioned through Citrix XenDesktop. Citrix StoreFront provides a customizable web front-end to access applications. Rather than dealing with individual server instances, one can now rely on Citrix Provisioning Services to stream the operating system. Licensing is now centrally handled by a Citrix License server. And virtualization has become the norm with Citrix XenServer being one of the hypervisor choices. To optimize remote access, Citrix Netscaler now plays a key role. All security, load balancing, tunneling and other networking features are centralized in Netscaler.

To provide access through mobile devices, Citrix XenMobile Mobile Device Manager (MDM) plays an important role. Enterprise storage can now be managed using Citrix Sharefile, with the data being stored entirely in the cloud, or on premise on storage zones. And with the latest release Citrix XenApp 7.5, customers can even spin up XenApp instances in the cloud, on demand. The Citrix CloudPlatform allows customers to provision applications and desktops in the cloud.

Use cases of Citrix solutions
Use cases of Citrix solutions

The use cases of Citrix technologies are also many. Bring your own device (BYOD), Flexwork, remote partner access to sensitive data in a secure manner, call center transformation to lower costs, corporate access from anywhere at any time, desktop replacement initiatives, etc., are some of the popular initiatives where organizations are using Citrix technologies.

Performance Management a Key to Citrix Success

For these initiatives, performance is the key success factor. Users of virtual desktops or virtual applications expect the same performance as they had with physical desktops or applications. As you had seen earlier, the Citrix part of the IT infrastructure itself has many many components, not to mention the other third party dependencies (e.g., profile management, Active Directory, storage, etc.). For Citrix deployment success, every piece of the infrastructure has to work fine. This is where the need for a total Citrix performance management solution comes in.

eG Enterprise monitors anything Citrix
eG Enterprise monitors anything Citrix

The eG Enterprise performance monitoring, diagnosis and reporting solution from eG Innovations has the broadest coverage in the industry for Citrix technologies. From a web browser, you can monitor and manage every tier of the Citrix infrastructure from a single dashboard. To learn more, please visit our web site – http://www.eginnovations.com.

If you are going to be at Citrix Synergy in a couple of weeks’ time, please visit us at Booth 412. At the show, we will be demonstrating our technologies for monitoring anything Citrix!