Consumer tech driving workplace transformation: Citrix CEO: Page 2 of 2
By Gabey Goh May 14, 2015
The first day of the Synergy conference saw the unveiling of Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC), a new cloud-based management platform designed to simplify the on-demand delivery of a wide range of IT tools and services.
It is intended to provide partners and businesses with a solution to address the increasing pressure that new devices, apps and work-styles are putting on traditional infrastructure, the company said.
The idea is built on the premise that people have a place where Windows apps, web apps, mobile apps, desktops, documents and collaboration come together on whichever device or network is being used.
This would provide the flexibility to choose which clouds or data centre resources fit their needs best, then select the applications, data, files and features that work best for each specific organisation and each person, Citrix claimed.
CWC creates a new control plane that merges the worlds of on-premises and cloud, allowing IT managers to create secure, mobile workspaces that include desktops, applications and data from whatever infrastructure source best meets their specific needs, the company added.
Asked about the impact CWC will have on the company, Templeton said that all software businesses are trending towards being Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers.
“This is where all roads will lead. You’ll see us take some of our services that have been harder to market on-premises, and market them via the cloud because it’s easier to consume that way.
“There are a number of technologies we will be adding to CWC to make it more consumable, with more solutions available,” he said, adding that the platform was agnostic and open to third-party apps to offer customers more choice.
Templeton said a common misconception persists when it comes to thinking about cloud computing. “Cloud is not a place, it’s a way of doing things.”
General availability and pricing for CWC is expected to be detailed in the third quarter of this year, with Citrix offering customers a ‘test drive’ option that walks through the process of publishing a Citrix pre-designed workspace, allowing up to five people to subscribe and use those workspaces.
The test drive will include examples of key services like application and desktop delivery, mobility management, data and content sharing, infrastructure management and more.
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Delivering the future workspace
Citrix also announced enhancements to its ShareFile offering (pic above), with a workspace that moves with customers across four types of devices, providing a new approach to restrict document-sharing based on a file’s contents, thus enabling secure collaboration.
Through integrations with leading data loss prevention (DLP) solutions from Symantec and others, ShareFile will offer the ability to classify items based on their content, and enforce sharing restrictions based on data categories, Citrix claimed.
The company also announced improvements to its app delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings, such as the integration of Framehawk technologies into HDX, which provides unique acceleration technologies that overcome challenging broadband wireless network conditions to deliver a better-than-native user experience.
Citrix is also merging the Worx Home mobile app environment into a new Citrix Receiver to simplify how people access their apps, regardless of which device they use.
With the new Receiver, users can enjoy a single, intuitive environment that looks and works the same across every device and operating system, the company claimed.
In addition, to make it easy to find and load apps, whether virtual, mobile or SaaS-based, Citrix Receiver is coupled with Citrix StoreFront 3.0, which will unite IT services delivered by its XenApp, XenDesktop and XenMobile offerings over the course of product releases throughout 2015.
StoreFront provides a front-end infrastructure for Receiver, and will consolidate end-user access to Windows, Linux, web and mobile apps.
Then there is the Linux virtual desktop feature that would enable employees to run Linux applications on non-Linux devices.
Citrix also unveiled its vision of the workspace delivery controller that leverages key networking solutions from Citrix, including NetScaler – an application delivery controller that optimises the user experience for 75% of Internet users daily.
The workspace delivery controller is the vision for a unified system to secure and deliver all applications by scaling and optimising enterprise hybrid clouds, Citrix said.
Enhancements to NetScaler include new Unified Gateway features which help customers consolidate security at the edge and deliver simplified, unified remote access to business applications deployed in the corporate data centre or from the cloud, on a variety of user devices.
Gabey Goh reports from the Synergy conference in Orlando, Florida at the kind invitation of Citrix. All editorials are independent.
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