Cloud solutions for mobile workstyles is the theme at the anual Citrix Synergy conference this week in Los Angeles. Citrix (CTXS) unveiled advancements toward its mobile workstyles vision, providing powerful new ways for people to work whenever, wherever and however they choose. The event conversation can be followed on Twitter hashtag #citrixsynergy.
With Citrix cloud solutions serving as the engine, the company hopes to enable delivering any type of app, to any type of device, over any type of network, while supporting new forms of social collaboration. Launched at the event Wednesday, Citrix announced XenMobile Enterprise, the edition that combines mobile device, app and data management, a unified corporate app store, mobile productivity apps and “one-touch” live support into an inclusive solution for delivering mobile services to business. With a workforce that requires secure and seamless access to apps and data from any mobile device, Citrix is positioning XenMobile Enterprise as the only solution that delivers everything required to mobilize the enterprise.
"Customers are continuing to ask for consolidation of enterprise mobility technologies under a single provider," said Stephen Drake, Program Vice President for Mobility Enterprise at IDC. "The introduction of XenMobile Enterprise with the inclusion of Citrix mobile apps demonstrates that Citrix continues to make strides and is raising its visibility as a key enterprise mobility company through a growing portfolio of technologies."
Citrix also announced the next major release of its XenDesktop desktop virtualization solution. XenDesktop 7 is the first release of project Avalon, an initiative to deliver Windows as a cloud service. XenDesktop 7 offers integrated Windows app and desktop mobility, easier deployment options and simplified management, all delivered through a new, cloud-style architecture. The new version enables any Windows app to function intuitively and transparently on mobile devices, providing a seamless experience on devices of any type.
New HDX Mobile technologies incorporate H.264 compression and compression capabilities can dynamically optimize the bit rate of full HD video so it is viewable over 3G mobile networks. New Citrix StoreFront interface unifies and secures app and desktop access through a seamless user experience. An advanced cloud management capabilities provide a purpose-built help desk console and real-time troubleshooting with EdgeSight end-user experience analytics tools. A simplified architecture can deliver Windows Server (RDS) or VDI desktops from a single console, speeding production deployments by as much as 80 percent.
Many Citrix partners announced solutions for XenDesktop to help mobilize, simplify and secure virtual Windows app and desktop deployments:
- Dell announced three end-to-end offerings for Citrix XenDesktop 7, and a Wyse Xenith Pro 2 dual-core zero client, based on the Wyse Zero framework and purpose built for Citrix XenDesktop.
- CA Technologies (CA) announced new infrastructure management capabilities for XenDesktop 7, providing customers with faster problem resolution and optimized service delivery.
- NVIDIA (NVDA) announced it is unleashing the full graphics potential of enterprise desktop virtualization with the availability of NVIDIA Grid vGPU integrated into Citrix XenDesktop 7. New Citrix HDX 3D technology enhancements offer unmatched direct GPU acceleration to support the most complex 3D and graphical applications.
- NetApp demonstrated that a combined architecture with XenDesktop and NetApp Data ONTAP can help customers deploy storage for persistent and non-persistent virtual desktop use cases for as low as $35.