Citrix XenDesktop & Citrix XenApp: The Guarantee of Redefining Windows Desktop and App Delivery with the Power of Unidesk


Citrix Summit – Anaheim, CA, January 9, 2017

Citrix announced at its annual partner conference Citrix Summit that it has officially acquired Unidesk.  Unidesk is known as the inventor of the groundbreaking Windows application packaging and management technology known as layering.  This acquisition gives Citrix ownership of what most consider the top ranked app layering technology on the market, giving Citrix the ability to make it simpler and easier for partners and customers to securely deploy and manage apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop.

Unidesk has been recognized by customers and industry analysts as the clear leader in application layering, offering multiple unique advantages that streamline secure app delivery and VDI deployments and make them easier to manage. Boston-based Unidesk was founded in 2007 and is known for its so-called layering technology that helps corporate IT staff better manage their companies’ Windows apps.  Both customers and industry analysts alike recognize Unidesk as the leader in application layering with extremely unique advantages allowing for streamlined secure application deliveries and VDI deployments, providing remarkable ease of management.

The move adds a lot of capabilities to Citrix’s core offerings, and overall is a great plan for the expansion of Citrix’s product capabilities and solutions. Citrix specializes in a type of technology called desktop virtualization, which lets a company’s IT staff more efficiently manage employees’ computers without having to physically inspect the machine. The company said that it would incorporate Unidesk’s technology into its own XenApp and XenDesktop services according to a recent corporate announcement.

By incorporating Unidesk technology into XenApp and XenDesktop, Citrix advances its industry leadership by offering the most powerful and easy to deploy application layering solution available for delivering and managing app and desktops in the cloud, on-premises and in hybrid deployment environments. Although Citrix is incorporating Unidesk’s tech into its own products, the company said it would continue to sell Unidesk’s software as a “stand-alone product” to VMware and Microsoft.

“Citrix adding the Unidesk team and its underlying technological components to its core offerings is great news for API’s clients, states Mark Knouse, chief technology officer, API Systems, Inc.”  He continues by adding, “API Systems is a premier provider of Citrix solutions and services; with this acquisition comes newly enhance business solutions that will provide tremendous value for our customers. API Systems’ core benefits lie within the guarantee of delivering our clients with best-of-breed integrated technology solutions; with the Unidesk team now being part of Citrix, we at API Systems Inc. are excited to be one of a select few Citrix partners that can provide clients with both the best app layering and the best app delivery solution combination.”

How the Citrix and Unidesk Acquisition Affects API’s Core Solution Offerings:

Unidesk accelerates Citrix XenDesktop deployments and reduces costs by solving the biggest challenge in end user computing – how to deliver and manage your Windows apps. Together, Citrix, coupled with Unidesk, will allow API Systems to make it easier to deliver applications and desktops to any device on any network or cloud.  With the addition of Unidesk, API is Citrix Ready and certified to enhance Citrix’s core solutions with its newly enhanced product capabilities to best secure your workspace:

–  Citrix XenApp – Unidesk reduces costs by eliminating inefficient XenApp silo management, multiple gold images, and application virtualization issues. Unidesk minimizes downtime by enabling you to update mission-critical apps without rebooting your XenApp session hosts.

–  Citrix XenDesktop – Unidesk accelerates virtual desktop deployments by enabling you to deliver any Windows app to any set of desktops without installation or app virtualization complexity. Unidesk reduces costs by enabling your entire VDI environment to be built on a single gold OS layer.

All in all, Citrix’s acquisition of Unidesk adds unmatched capabilities to its already admirable and sought after core offerings. The acquisition of Unidesk was a very strategic and well thought out business plan and purchase.  It also skyrockets Citrix to a new level competitively, and aims to not only allow for businesses to identify long-term goals, but furthermore allows for the achievement of continual best-of-breed and first-class technology solutions to be created and implemented in today’s ever-changing digital era.

About Citrix:

Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. Its technology makes the world’s apps and data secure and easy to access, empowering people to work anywhere and at any time. Citrix provides a complete and integrated portfolio of Workspace-as-a-Service, application delivery, virtualization, mobility, network delivery and file sharing solutions that enables IT to ensure critical systems are securely available to users via the cloud or on-premises and across any device or platform. With annual revenue in 2015 of $3.28 billion, Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations and over 100 million users globally. Learn more at

About API Systems, Inc.:

API Systems, Inc. is a best-of-breed top-ranked IT solutions and staffing company providing technology expertise to companies of all sizes ranging from global conglomerates to small-to-medium size organizations.  Having over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 1000 companies, API Systems knows how to best cater solutions to the needs and wants of today’s business entities.  API’s core competencies focus within cloud computing, virtualization, end user computing, managed IT services, and staff augmentation, as well as a host of other solutions that API brings together to create secure, cutting-edge and agile working environments.  

Established in 1992, and headquartered in Morris Plains, NJ, API Systems was initially founded upon the principle of customer centricity, determined first and foremost to provide impeccable customer service to every client, a goal that API still places at the forefront of its morally based business promises.  For More Information on API Systems, Inc. visit


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