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Improving VDI for mobile workers with Citrix FlexCast

Mobile workers, employees who only need a few LOB applications and users whose jobs require graphics-intensive apps all have different needs, but you can supply a good experience for all of them with the Citrix FlexCast Management Architecture.

How can I use the Citrix FlexCast Management Architecture to improve VDI for mobile workers and employees who need graphics-intensive applications?

Citrix FlexCast Management Architecture unites XenApp and XenDesktop under the same umbrella with hosted, streamed and local desktop delivery models, as well as applications on demand.

This means you can publish applications and desktops to most devices, including smartphones and tablets. These technologies can improve the overall reach and effectiveness of virtual desktops and applications, even for mobile workers.

With XenDesktop and FlexCast, you get a lot of flexibility in deploying applications and desktops, even to mobile workers and road warriors. XenDesktop's Remote PC feature allows a user to connect to his physical PC from any client running Citrix Receiver. And Remote PC doesn't rely on tricky virtual private network client setups, which can open up security holes with untrusted clients.

For workers who only need to run one or two line-of-business applications, VDI can be overkill. In these scenarios, publishing just the application rather than the full Windows desktop can give users a better experience. And employees who work on their personal smartphones, tablets or Mac computers will appreciate not having to work in two different worlds or switch back and forth between tasks. The Citrix FlexCast On-Demand Apps feature lets you deliver Windows applications from the data center, on- or offline.

XenApp and XenDesktop both utilize the HDX protocol, which supports dedicated and virtual GPUs. With access to hardware graphics cards, applications once out of a virtual desktop's reach, such as AutoCAD and Photoshop, are now available to VDI users. HDX can also optimize the path of Adobe Flash. Instead of rendering a Flash-powered video on the virtual desktop, HDX can utilize the client's local flash player to render it, yielding better performance.

Next Steps

Troubleshooting XenApp/HDX connectivity

Using XenClient to repurpose PCs as thin clients

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