For users who adopt Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Cisco Cius supports third-party virtual desktop clients from leading third-party vendors:
These desktop virtualization clients are available from Cisco AppHQ and have been optimized to run on Cisco Cius. Do not download generic versions of these applications from other application repositories.
Desktop virtualization technologies may offer a degraded level of performance when remotely accessing audio, video and interactive multimedia resources. Unlike other desktop virtualization endpoints, Cisco Cius features a local voice and video media plane which enables Cius to connect to media traffic through the device itself and outside of the remote desktop display protocol. For example, two Cisco Cius users in the same branch can call each other using Cisco Unified Personal Communicator running on their remote virtual desktop and, while the control (signaling) plane resides in the data center, the audio and video connection between the users never leaves the branch. The branch network applies packet prioritization to the RTP flow, and the two Cius connect directly to each other without the need for the voice to traverse the WAN twice to reach the data center. This delivers the best quality experience for audio and video collaboration without inflating the bandwidth consumption over the WAN.
The desktop virtualization experience on Cius includes keyboard and mouse support when the Cius is docked in the HD media station. However, the desktop virtualization clients retain the touch-mode behavior, and some keyboard and mouse actions may differ from a typical Microsoft Windows experience. For a description of supported keyboard shortcuts and mouse actions, refer to the USB Keyboard and Mouse section of this guide.
For additional information about Citrix Receiver, VMWare View Client, and Wyse PocketCloud Pro, see the product description for each application in Cisco AppHQ.