This past week Citrix released the much anticipated XenApp 7.5. Here is a list of all the new features in XenApp 7.5, and a list of all features by product.
Many of our customers have been waiting for this release, hoping for enhancements that have been mentioned as part of Project Merlin. Primarily, they have been looking for features previously available in XenApp 6.5, including:
- A single site able to span multiple geographic locations, along the lines of a global farm
- The use of zones
- Web Interface support
However, XenApp 7.5 only includes one of those features – Web Interface support.
One other new feature that caught my eye is the full release of AppDNA and the connector for SCCM. A limited version of AppDNA was previously available for Platinum customers; and the full release provides all the features of the AppDNA product, which is a huge leap compared to the limited version. Keep in mind, though, that AppDNA is still only available for Platinum customers.
While these new features are welcome, overall I am disappointed that it has taken this long for Citrix to build back features that were previously available in Citrix XenApp 6.5.
I understand that the FMA (FlexCast Management Architecture) is now the standard and the old school IMA (Independent Management Architecture) is out, but the farm and zone concept for previous versions of XenApp made sense and worked quite well.
In summary, there is nothing earth shattering with the release of Citrix XenApp 7.5. April marks the one year anniversary of the release of Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.0; hopefully Citrix will release the project Merlin features that we have been hearing about for last few months sometime soon.