Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:50

Citrix CloudGateway 2 gains native app management

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A new version of Citrix CloudGateway adds broader app management to the enterprise mobility management software.

Citrix CloudGateway 2 provides an 'enterprise app store' that now supports native Android and iOS apps plus HTML5 apps, in addition to the existing support for XenApp, XenDesktop, web apps and SaaS. The new version also supports ShareFile, the company's cloud storage and synchronisation service.

Used in conjunction with Citrix Receiver, CloudGateway 2 allows IT management to handle provisioning of company-owned and BYO devices (eg, according to roles defined in Active Directory), control access to apps (eg, disallowing some when the computer or mobile device is used in certain countries), remotely wipe applications and data, and deprovision ShareFile accounts.

One CloudGateway virtual appliance can support tens of thousands of users, said Sumit Dhawan, group vice president and general manager of Citrix's Receiver and Gateways group, adding that they are typically used in pairs to ensure high availability. "It's not a compute-intensive function," he explained.

CloudGateway and Receiver together remove conflicts between IT administrators and BYOD device owners, said Mr Dhawan. This is because they isolate corporate apps and data from the rest of the system, allowing the application of corporate policies without affecting the owner's apps and data.

The new support for native and HTML5 apps means the enterprise app store can present a native app where one exists for that type of device, or an HTML5 web app if there is no native app.

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Ten customers are already using CloudGateway 2, and another 25 will do so before the product is released in July. Customers will be able to try out a cloud-based implementation of the product in a few weeks time.

Beyond the initial release of CloudGateway 2, Citrix plans to add support for more-granular policies (down to the level of activities within apps), device control, and the ability for cloud service providers to make services available through CloudGateway.

Mr Dhawan also hinted that CloudGateway functionality may be added to the company's VDI-in-a-Box product.

Disclosure: the writer travelled to San Francisco as the guest of Citrix.

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