Citrix announces VDI support on Windows Azure

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.07.2013 at 10:30

You can now run VDI on Windows Azure with Citrix. Think of all the possibilities – Desktop-as-a-Service, your personal desktop on the cloud, accessible anytime, anywhere.

Citrix has announced that version 7 of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop can now be deployed on a Windows Azure virtual machine. This is now possible because Microsoft has made Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Subscriber Access Licensing (SAL) available on Azure, paving the way to install XenDesktop on a VM running on Azure.

In order to support this announcement, Citrix published two new Design Guides detailing how to design a VDI environment running on Windows Azure.

Available now: Citrix Receiver for Windows RT/Windows 8

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.11.2012 at 22:58

The Citrix Receiver for Windows 8 and Windows RT are available now on the Windows Store.


This 4.53 MB download lets you access your Windows VDI session from your Surface, tablet or slate device or computer running Windows 8 or Windows RT.

This potentially enables new scenarios for IT to support BYOD scenarios in today’s world where the line between work and home devices begin to blur. Users can work on any Windows device they choose, regardless of whether it runs Windows 8 or Windows RT and still be able to connect securely to their corporate managed Windows desktop session, which is governed by their organization’s IT policies. On the device itself, they can install and run their favorite apps, and store personal pictures, media and files.


The Citrix receiver is also available for non-Microsoft platforms, enabling access to Windows desktops from heterogeneous platforms such as IOS, Android, etc.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the Remote Desktop client from Microsoft is also available with Windows 8 and Windows RT, allowing you to connect similarly to desktop sessions without Citrix.


VDI seminar at Microsoft Qatar office

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.06.2012 at 11:28

A seminar on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) will be held at the Microsoft office in Qatar on Tuesday, 26th June 2012.

This interesting session will be delivered by Yasser Shaheen, our expert from Adonia Consultancy, a Microsoft partner. The session will feature a live demonstration of cutting edge VDI software and hardware technologies.

9:00 – 10:30 Presentation (60-90 min)
VDI overview
VDI concept based on Microsoft solutions
Brief about integration between Microsoft and Citrix VDI solutions
PanoLogic Systems – Zero client and VDI solutions
VDI Licensing
10:30-11:30 Practical demonstration (30-60 min)
11:30 – 12:00      Q & A
12:00 Lunch

Attendance to the seminar is FREE, however registration is required. To register please drop me an email or post a comment below indicating your name, title and company name.

Here’s a preview of the Pano Logic Zero client that Yasser will be demonstrating as part of the seminar:

Pano Logic Zero Client   Pano Logic Zero Clients

Pano Logic Zero Client - Rear view

Citrix VDI event at Doha, April 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 13:41


Mannai Trading, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner on Server Virtualization and many other competencies, held an event jointly with Citrix and HP on 7th April at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar. The event mainly focused on Desktop Virtualization.

Nabil Khalil, Deputy General Manager at Mannai, Alex Filocca and Raja Slaiman Haidar from Citrix, Rajat Rallan and Bechara from HP were some of the speakers at the event.

The event was well attended and gave us the opportunity to keep the Qatar customer community to be informed of the strategic alliance between Microsoft and Citrix in the VDI space.

For more information on the Citrix Microsoft partnership, visit