XenApp 6.X – To End Or Not To End?
So, what’s the deal with Citrix XenApp 6.x End-of-Life (EOL),? It seems like this has been a moving target for quite a few years now. Are you confused too?
Citrix has announced that XenApp versions 6.0 and 6.5 will EOL on August 24, 2016… and it feels like they really mean in this time. Unless of course you enjoy paying lots of money for extended support – this will take you all the way to June 2020. And considering the fact that it only supports Windows Server 2008R2, XenApp 6.X is indeed nearing sunset.
Citrix XenApp 7.X has lots to offer but it also comes with an impressive price tag and its fair share of complexity. Just thinking about the “seamless” upgrade process from 6.X to 7.X is probably a good enough reason to consider what else is out there.
In light of the recent announcement from Dell about the EOL of vWorkspace, in case this was an option you considered as a replacement for your XenApp 6.X, the question is now “what’s next?”
In a recent blog post from Brian Madden about the end of Dell vWorkspace, he explains the predicament that Dell was facing: “We have to tread lightly around our relationships with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft.” In other words, Dell as the new owner of VMware, with its close partnership with Microsoft and its deep involvement with Citrix (e.g., being a Platinum sponsor at Citrix Synergy) is having a hard time maintaining the competitive ecosystem in this space. ‘Dancing with giants’ is not an easy task, even if you are a giant yourself like Dell is.
The market has to embrace other valid Citrix alternatives to ensure it will not foster a duopoly of Citrix & VMware and continue to inspire customer focus, feature development, end-user experience and price performance. As such, Ericom Connect is a valid alternative to Citrix XenApp. And it is not EOL anytime soon.