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For IT, providing a centralized computing experience that is similar to that of a local PC is essential, whether users are accessing virtual apps and desktops from a corporate-owned system or a personal mobile device. Users expect a real-time response from the apps they're working with, both when they connect from a reliable networks (LANs) and when coming in over challenging wide area network (WANs) that are typically low-bandwidth, high-latency and/or high packet-loss. IT requires a virtualization solution that efficiently delivers app and desktop workloads across a variety of conditions and connection scenarios.
HDX Adaptive Transport is designed to provide users with the best possible experience, regardless of network conditions, LAN, or a high-latency WAN. Performance improvements are realized across all session functions including up to ten times faster file transfers, five times faster print times, and twice the session responsiveness with improved audio and video. Adaptive Transport leverages a new Citrix protocol, Enlightened Data Transport (EDT), that automatically adapts to changing user conditions. This further enhances user experience while minimizing the required administrative configuration.
Citrix HDX technology, included in both XenApp and XenDesktop, delivers bandwidth-efficient, crystal-clear voice, multimedia and video. Citrix HDX technology, with deep compression of video and graphics—using H.264 compression—delivers better image quality for highly animated workloads, server-rendered video or 3D graphics. Most modern mobile devices as well as Windows, Mac and Linux users have the endpoint computing power to decompress such streams on the fly.
Adaptive compression enables XenApp and XenDesktop to intelligently distinguish between different types of user interactions and visual content, helping to eliminate the effects of packet loss, congestion, latency, and jitter. This is common in broadband wireless and mobile networks, where user experience is poor despite the availability of abundant bandwidth.
Citrix collaborates with leading unified communications (UC) vendors to optimize the delivery of popular softphones and desktop video conferencing applications, such as Microsoft Skype for Business, by shifting the media processing workload to the user device. Real-time optimization policies prevent latency due to “hairpinning,” so audio and video can move from endpoint to endpoint without traveling all the way back to the central host in the datacenter. The result is a great user experience and higher user density on the host server.
HDX 3D Pro technologies optimize the performance of graphics-intensive 3D professional applications for Windows and Linux virtual desktops. Slow-rendering graphics due to network lag are no longer an issue—visually lossless deep compression enables users to collaborate in real time on pixel-perfect images. This brings products to market quicker with secure, global access to optimized sophisticated 2D and 3D graphics and design apps and data. Citrix is the leader in virtualizing graphical applications, including the first solution to support hardware-based GPU sharing, partnering with NVIDIA and Intel to deliver advanced vGPU capabilities.
3D professional graphics apps that can benefit from HDX 3D Pro for improved remote desktop performance include:
Citrix Receiver software provides access to resources from XenApp and XenDesktop environments and is supported on numerous platforms and form factors across millions of devices. Frequent updates and close vendor collaboration help to ensure rapid and seamless integration. Extensive support for printers, scanners, drawing tablets, smart card readers, and other peripherals helps complete the solution and deliver seamless VDI performance.
With HDX printing, IT can provide access to both locally defined and session-defined printers within XenApp and XenDesktop sessions. The Citrix Universal Print Driver enables print device functionality while providing optimum print quality, print speed, and environment stability.