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Virtualisation and cloud computing vendor Citrix today launched its third global cloud region, APAC South, including a local Citrix Cloud management plane.

The new APAC South region, hosted within Microsoft Azure data centres, provides Citrix cloud services encompassing the Citrix Cloud management plane, XenMobile service area, and ShareFile storage zone.

This is the third such cloud region for Citrix, expanding on its two existing regions within the US and Europe.

“Citrix has been on the journey in moving all our Citrix offerings to cloud services in the last years,” said David Nicol, Cloud Services and New Business, Citrix. “We’ve had strong success globally, but Australia and New Zealand led the way. That success has resulted in Citrix investing in the new APAC South region to host these services in Sydney.”

The Citrix approach is hybrid in nature, hosting the core Citrix components and management plane. Customers can then choose to host their environments on-premises or in public clouds. This approach provides flexibility across infrastructure and geography, Nicol explains. “Customers can deploy apps and desktops in different locations and manage them through a single cloud instance,” he says.

Citrix has nearly 100 Australia and New Zealand cloud customers consuming XenApp and XenDesktop, all running their environment from the US region. These customers now have the option to migrate to the Australian-based APAC South region. Those who do will experience increased administrator performance and decreased latency. Users will experience improved performance during authentication.

“Three of the top 10 customers globally, based on the number of active users, are in Australia, including the largest,” Nicol said.

Citrix’ Cloud Success team is able to help customers migrate, providing best practice guidance, while organisations new to Citrix will now find the local availability now makes it easier to deploy.

Les Williamson, area vice-president, Australia and New Zealand, Citrix, said: “The Citrix Cloud management plane announcement shows the commitment and investment of Citrix in the growing cloud market in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. Our customers are among some of the most innovative in the world when it comes to cloud adoption. Having access to the Citrix Cloud management plane in Australia will support the growing needs of our customers across multiple industries; especially government and highly regulated industries.”

Ian McLeod, national IT manager for ALH Group, said: “As a current Citrix Cloud customer, the announcement of an Australian-based Citrix Cloud management plane is welcome news. It is added confirmation that we selected the right partner for our Cloud journey.”

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