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Lower Microsoft VDI licensing costs with Windows Server VMs

Microsoft VDI licensing costs can get really high when you're using Windows client OSes. DaaS providers deploy Windows Server OSes instead to help cut costs, and you can do the same thing on-prem.

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Lost features return in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6

After alienating some customers by removing several XenApp and XenDesktop features last year, Citrix will start to bring some back in version 7.6. The improvements were in the works before VMware stepped up its competition, the company said.

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Improving VDI performance with a hybrid storage system

Hybrid storage lets you keep costs reasonable but still reap the rewards that come with flash. There are three ways you can implement your hybrid approach: use solid-state drives or a shared flash appliance, or install PCIe flash devices on servers.

Short-term focus for Citrix: VDI-in-a-Box?

Citrix CTO Gunnar Berger's cryptic response to a question about the company's short and long-term goals has influenced speculation about what's to come. It could be changes to Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, or new features in other products.

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    How hot desking works

    Hot desking is the practice of maintaining fewer desks or PCs than there are employees who need them. The model helps cut overhead costs, but it can cause productivity issues if there aren't enough workstations.

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    Calculating VDI ROI

    There's no magic formula or one-size-fits-all approach to figuring VDI ROI. Look at vendor calculators to see which costs they factor in, but do the calculations on your own.

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    Using VMware's Cloud Pod Architecture in Horizon 6

    VMware's Cloud Pod Architecture in Horizon 6 lets VDI deployments span multiple data centers and makes managing large deployments easier. But if you have persistent desktops, you'll need a replication tool in case of an outage.

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    VMware brings app layering to Horizon with CloudVolumes

    With VMware's CloudVolumes acquisition, admins can provide personalized virtual desktops without managing separate images for each user. Applications will work more like they do on mobile devices, too.

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    Lost features return in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6

    After alienating some customers by removing several XenApp and XenDesktop features last year, Citrix will start to bring some back in version 7.6. The improvements were in the works before VMware stepped up its competition, the company said.

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    Citrix CTO talks CWS, XenApp and VMware's heat

    In his first interview as Citrix’s new CTO of desktop and apps, Gunnar Berger discusses the company’s roadmap and the importance of Citrix Workspace Services and mobility. Will these initiatives keep customers from moving to VMware?

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