Virtualization vendor Citrix says Knightec AB and Wiha Werkzeuge GmBH are using XenDesktop to centrally deliver CAD applications to dispersed design teams.
Citrix in a statement said XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro is receiving good attention among enterprises to deliver high-end 3D apps to designers, engineers and workers all along the product design chain.
The customers of Citrix are in North America, Europe and Japan in heavy manufacturing, global engineering and energy sectors who have deployed XenDesktop to host and securely-deliver design and engineering applications from the datacenter.
“Supporting the CAD application market with our desktop and app virtualization solutions represents a significant growth opportunity for Citrix. Today, there are nearly 15 million CAD users1 that design products and another 100 million users require access to design data to view and edit these designs, representing a significant new target user base for Citrix,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president of product marketing, Desktop and Apps at Citrix.
Knightec is delivering product design projects faster and at a lower cost by empowering engineers to work and collaborate from anywhere using Citrix technologies. Prior to deploying XenDesktop, design data residing on local workstations was shared between engineers via email and USB thumb drives. Traditional remote access tools performed poorly with design apps, forcing users to make simple design edits only in the office.
“XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro was selected because of its better performance with our design and simulation applications and shared GPU roadmap with NVIDIA. Now engineers in any location can use their virtual desktops to access CAD applications and collaborate around project files. This also allows greater efficiency and flexibility for the firm because we can easily assign people to additional projects, working with different colleagues in many other locations,” said Jörgen Norman, head of IT at Knightec.
Germany’s Wiha Premium Tools uses XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro technology to support remote locations securely, while enabling mobile workstyles for CAD developers. Prior to using XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro, users requiring high computing power and rapid graphics performance were provided with high-performance workstations running Siemens Solid Edge and other developer tools running locally. Recently, a new challenge emerged with plans for a new development site two hours away.
“The development of a completely independent environment would have caused high costs and considerable administrative effort, and synchronizing data regularly with the head office would have taxed the network connection enormously,” Wiha IT Manager, Siegried Disch, said.