Citrix unveils new cloud, VDI and enterprise mobility management offerings at Synergy 2015

Citrix today unveiled a series of new solutions designed to allow easy and flexible infrastructure deployment and device management.

As part of its “build once, deploy anything” message at Synergy 2015, the company made announcements in areas including cloud, VDI, workspace delivery controller, and enterprise mobility management.

First, the Fort Lauderdale, FL-based company announced the brand-new Citrix Workspace Cloud, a platform that simplifies the deployment of the hybrid cloud model as well as new devices and apps.  The solution creates a control pane that brings together on-premise applications and cloud environments, allowing IT to pick and choose from different infrastructures.

“This cloud-based management platform provides customers the flexibility to choose which clouds or datacenter resources fit their needs best, then select the applications, data, files and features that work best for each specific organization and each person,” Citrix said in a statement. “Partners add value by architecting and designing customized, personalized workspaces uniquely suited to meet their customers’ business requirements, combining new Citrix technologies with existing Citrix workspace environments to simplify management and gain greater value from their Citrix investment.”

In VDI, Citrix introduced updates to its XenApp and XenDesktop solutions, Citrix showcased integration of its acquired Framehawk technology into HDX. Other new features include industry certifications for the public sector, financial services and healthcare sectors.  The software vendor is also releasing new version to its virtualization software, XenApp 6.5, and customers will even be able to get their hands on a Linux solution that integrates with Windows app delivery in XenApp and XenDesktop.

Thirdly, Citrix wants to increase its share of the file sharing market, which it says is growing at 70 per cent annually.  Citrix says its ShareFile workspace now moves with customers “across four types of devices” and adds new content-based permission controls.

Meanwhile, in the workspace delivery controller space, the company will be enhancing its NetScaler offering with new Unified Gateway features, which allows users to consolidate security and enable simplified, unified remote access to applications on the datacentre, cloud, or user devices.

Lastly, in enterprise mobility management, XenMobile will be upgraded with business-optimized mobile apps and cloud-based mobility management delivered through Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC), Citrix said.  In addition, it would be expanding its partner app ecosystem “to deliver advanced security and performance management, while ensuring a seamless experience from any mobile device.”

Partners that have announced products featuring Citrix environments include Dell, which showed off new solutions in VDI including Dell Appliance for Wyse – Citrix, Dell Wyse Device Manager (WDM) 5.5 and Foglight for Virtualization for application and infrastructure monitoring.

“Building on its long-standing relationship with Citrix, the new solutions from Dell make it easier than ever for small and medium organizations to adopt Citrix-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI),” Dell said in a statement. “Dell has the solutions that organizations require no matter where they are on their desktop virtualization journey, from initial planning to optimization of their current infrastructure.”

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