Today, we’re very proud to announce the availability of RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) 2016.

Reverse seamless technology is a great addition to digital workspaces because it provides a simple, cost-effective way to introduce Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) models, increase VDI adoption and separate personal desktop environments from corporate environments. RES VDX 2016 now supports Windows 10.

RES VDX enables users to access and run their personal and local apps seamlessly from within their virtual desktop, as if they were centralized. This makes desktop environments such as VDI or RDS more viable for a larger group of users within organizations. Because apps that users rely on are merged into a single desktop, users no longer need to switch between sessions. RES VDX allows IT to increase user productivity in virtual environments, enhancing the worker’s overall desktop experience.

RES VDX has helped many enterprise customers achieve their VDI project goals that would have otherwise been abandoned. Let’s take a look at a recent customer example. A nationwide department store chain wanted to leverage VDI across their stores for the training of new staff. The VDI environment would be easy to manage, and leadership team bought into the technology. While deploying, they quickly realized that the quality and performance of training videos within their VDI session was too poor to be effective. The IT team was facing substantial pressure to get the training environment up to full performance. When they found RES VDX, they realized that could still reap the benefits from their VDI investment, while allowing video to run locally. For the employees, it’s a seamless experience and for IT, the project became a major win. RES runs into scenarios like this often, and will continue to invest in RES VDX to help these desktop virtualization projects becomes successful.

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If RES VDX is new to you, here are some capabilities of the technology:

  • Reverse Seamless Apps: Apps that are difficult or impossible to execute on a virtual or central desktop can now be launched and used from within a user’s remote desktop session.
  • File Type Redirection: Ensure a local client app is launched when a specific file is opened from the central desktop session. For example, if a user clicks on a .DXF file the locally installed AutoCAD app will automatically open.
  • Invoke Local Screensaver: Avoid unnecessary resource use in central desktop environments by launching the local client screen saver.
  • Extensive Protocol Support: Extend the central desktop environment through remote session protocol virtual channels. RES VDX supports seamless integration with Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop (ICA and HDX), Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDP and RemoteFX) and VMWare Horizon View (PCoIP).
  • Access to Local Start Menu and Desktop: Users can access the local client start menu, including the local desktop and notification area, with a single click.
  • Extend VDX with Context-aware Workspace Management: RES VDX integrates with RES One Workspace to add capabilities such as context awareness, granular VDX behavior control and improved personalization for a better user experience.

Special Thanks

As always, thanks to all the team members who helped to create the release and the community who provided a lot of good suggestions (keep them coming!). As always, feel free to add comments below, reach out to the RES Product Managers or provide new ideas to the RES Success Center.