Friday, 23 August 2013 08:35

Citrix opens enterprise app gallery

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The Citrix Worx App Gallery for managed enterprise mobile apps has opened its doors, but the walls aren't as full has the company had hoped with around half the apps still to complete the verification process.

When Citrix announced in May its plans for the Worx enterprise app market, company officials said it would offer more than 80 apps at launch.

That target has not been met. While the Citrix Worx App Gallery has now launched with more than 100 "committed" apps from more than 70 vendors, only 23 of those companies have apps in the gallery and the rest are described as "soon to be Worx verified".

Just 50 apps, including those from Citrix, currently appear in the Gallery.

The idea behind Worx is to simplify the deployment of mobile apps in an enterprise environment.

Worx-enabled apps have security, policy and provisioning controlled by Citrix XenMobile, so administrators can easily select apps and add them to their enterprise app store.

XenMobile containerises apps, using encryption to protect the data.

It provides nearly 60 fine-grained policies, such as blocking access to corporate data over public Wi-Fi networks.

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Citrix vice president and general manager of the mobile platforms group Amit Pandey said "BYO is unstoppable, and to truly mobilise enterprise users, companies need more than mobile device management.

"They need a comprehensive solution that includes a way to provide employees secure access to mobile apps.

"The powerful combination of XenMobile and Worx App Gallery charts a new course for enabling enterprise mobile apps, further delivering all of the key technologies needed to mobilize the enterprise."

Android and iOS apps are supported by Worx.

Adobe was one of the first companies to have an app in the Gallery.

Director of document solutions products Dennis Griffin said "We are excited to see Adobe Reader added to the Citrix Ready Worx Verified Program and as one of the initial applications featured in the Citrix Worx App Gallery.

"With today's news, Adobe is now able to offer a Worx-enabled version of Adobe Reader as an enterprise ready, secure solution to Citrix enterprise customers using any Android-based device."


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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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