Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Citrix Unveils Public Cloud-based Workspace Services

Citrix unveiled a new platform for provisioning and delivering mobile workspace across a wide range of public clouds, including the market leaders, as well as private clouds and datacenter infrastructure.

The forthcoming Citrix Workspace Services platform is built on Microsoft Azure, leveraging capabilities such as Azure App Services, Azure Active Directory and Azure Virtual Network, and is engineered for global availability, massive scalability, security and reliability.  The control plane and store front for the application run in Microsoft Azure, but the applications and data could reside in another cloud or local data center.

Citrix said Workspace Services will leverage the open architecture of Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop virtual app and desktop delivery.

Citrix Workspace Services will be available as a technology preview with cloud desktops in the second half of 2014.  Pricing was not disclosed.

Citrix noted that some cloud providers may differentiate their workspace services by offering 3D desktop performance enhancements accelerated by GPUs.

"With Workspace Services, Citrix is building upon its leadership in DaaS to help our customers and partners more rapidly take advantage of cloud delivery to create complete mobile workspaces for their users. Workspace Services gives customers and partners what no other vendor can, a choice in clouds, the ability to deliver a wide range of workspace services, with the high-definition user experience that users have come to expect from Citrix," stated Mitch Parker, Vice President and General Manager, Citrix Cloud Services.