What is Citrix Server?
Citrix Server refers to Citrix's desktop virtualization products: XenDesktop and XenApp. With these products, IT departments can host central desktops or applications. With these products, users can access applications from anywhere, regardless of the hardware they use, including tablets. Citrix uses XenApp and XenDesktop to reduce IT costs and increase security, while at the same time providing a standardized environment.
Citrix is best known for its desktop virtualization products: XenApp and XenDesktop. The company markets these products as a way for IT departments to reduce total cost of ownership by centralizing their applications and supporting multiple devices. With a Citrix server, companies only need to update an application or operating system once rather than deploying new versions to individual users. XenDesktop virtualizes a desktop - usually Windows, but it can also be a Mac or Linux desktop. XenApp only virtualizes individual applications.
The advantage of a Citrix server is that organizations with heterogeneous environments can have the same applications. Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop users can use a standard environment. Citrix also offers mobile clients and provides its virtualized desktops to support mobile BYOD users. Fields like medicine, which meet stringent compliance rules like HIPAA, can increase security by storing sensitive data on the server instead of a laptop that can be lost or stolen.