Citrix Teams With Cisco

Citrix unveils next stage of its strategy to help enterprises and service providers deliver business-ready cloud services

October 17, 2012

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BARCELONA -- Today at Synergy Barcelona, Citrix revealed that Project Avalon will be delivered in two releases – code named Excalibur and Merlin. The Excalibur release, available this quarter as a tech preview, will feature groundbreaking advancements in simplicity, scalability and rich multi-media services needed to deliver Windows apps and desktops to millions of new consumer style mobile devices. Excalibur will dramatically simplify the management of virtual apps and desktops, giving Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop customers a single unified way to design and deliver any mix of virtual applications and desktops from a common management console, and deliver them to end users with any mix of virtual delivery technologies. Excalibur also features the most significant enhancement to the Citrix HDX high-definition experience technology in company history, with new breakthroughs that raise the bar on video, graphics and rich media for mobile devices, and new HDX EdgeSight® technology for real-time analytics and service visibility to ensure a great experience for mobile workers.

In a separate release:BARCELONA -- Today at Citrix Synergy, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix unveiled the next phase of its strategy to enable the mobile enterprise.

The starting point of the Citrix enterprise mobility strategy is Citrix Receiver, the company’s universal software client. Available for free on consumer app stores, Citrix Receiver gives employees secure, self-service access to all the apps and data they need to work from any device – all with a beautifully designed user experience tailored to the device they are using. Citrix Receiver now supports more than three billion devices, including all major tablet, smartphone, laptop, Mac and PC platforms – and will add support for new Windows 8 tablets and laptops as they come on the market.

To further extend its support of new consumer-style devices, Citrix also announced a new version of Citrix XenClient that provides virtual desktops to go for the millions of new lightweight Ultrabooks™ transforming the laptop market. XenClient for Ultrabooks uses a client-side hypervisor that runs directly on the laptop, but is connected to the corporate datacenter for centralized synchronization and management. For end users, this means they get all the power of a local Windows experience on laptops and Ultrabooks, even when disconnected from the network. As soon as they connect again, any changes are automatically synchronized with a central image in the datacenter. This innovative approach extends all the benefits of VDI to mobile workers with no compromise in performance or security. The combination of Citrix Receiver and XenClient offer a perfect starting point for companies looking to roll out Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs to employees in a way that’s secure, easy and proven.

Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS)

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