Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:41

Citrix smooths cloud transition for virtual desktops and apps

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A set of new and forthcoming products from Citrix are aimed at helping the company's customers make the transition from traditional to cloud deployments.

Existing XenApp and XenDesktop licensees with subscription advantage or software maintenance will be able to use Citrix Cloud (formerly Citrix Workspace Cloud) "for not much more than the cost of renewing traditional software maintenance".

Organisations with Windows 10 Enterprise licensed on a per-user basis will be able to use XenDesktop Essentials to manage Windows 10 images on Azure via Citrix Cloud.

XenApp Essentials (available later this quarter) will allow the delivery of applications from Azure, again managed via Citrix Cloud.

"The strength of our relationship with Citrix has always been our firm commitment to making our mutual customers successful by empowering their people to achieve more," said Microsoft executive vice-president for cloud and enterprise Scott Guthrie.

"By providing customers with apps and desktops deployed directly on Microsoft Azure as the preferred and strategic cloud, Citrix is helping companies mobilise their workforces to succeed in today's highly competitive global business environment."

Citrix is also introducing a number of pre-configured packages and capabilities under the Citrix Smart Tools brand (previously Citrix Lifecycle Management) to simplify and accelerate the rollout of new virtual application and desktop services.

Additionally, the Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program enables hyperconverged appliances from hardware and storage partners to connect to Citrix Cloud to automate the setup and maintenance of XenApp and XenDesktop.

And new integration between Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway and Microsoft Intune allows IT admins to check for compliance and the state of the end user device to enable policy-based access control and VPN capabilities to on-premises applications.

"With these products and services, Citrix and Microsoft are meeting partners and customers wherever they are on their journey to the cloud, whether they continue to keep IT infrastructure on-premises, or they are moving to hybrid cloud or public cloud deployments," said Citrix senior vice-president for products PJ Hough.

"Whether they are ready to go all-in on the cloud, or they want to deploy a single app in the cloud, we have the management platform and the services they need."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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