Citrix expands virtualisation, from the data centre to the iPad
Citrix products designed to let workers access desktops and applications from any device
Citrix is unveiling a bucketful of new products this week at its annual Synergy conference, with a focus on delivering data and applications to users on any device, while making the data center robust enough to handle the new load. Here's a look at some of the new Citrix technologies.
1. NetScaler Cloud Gateway
To be available in physical and virtual appliances, Cloud Gateway will sit at the "front door" of the data centre, connecting web applications and Windows apps to any device in a secure manner, while providing single-sign-on to users. The Gateway will also monitor a customer's licenses and service level agreements.
2. NetScaler Cloud Bridge
Another new product, NetScaler Cloud Bridge sits at the "back door" of the network to provide a secure connection between the data centre and cloud services. WAN optimisation improves data flow and reduces use of bandwidth, and lets you split up the components of an application between data centre and cloud. For example, a customer could run most of an application in a cloud service but keep Active Directory and sensitive data in-house for security reasons.
3. XenDesktop 5 with Intellicache
The latest version of Citrix's virtual desktop software launched a few months ago, and is now being updated with Citrix's IntelliCache to reduce the need for network-attached storage by running more processes on the server. Citrix is also previewing improvements to HDX which will offer faster performance and richer multimedia and graphics support to virtual desktops.
4. HD Faces for GoToMeeting
A high definition video client for Citrix's web conferencing software is entering a public beta. Citrix is hoping to make inroads against Cisco, which has the lucrative WebEx and TelePresence businesses
5. GoToManage for the iPad
GoToManage, which lets IT pros access physical and virtual desktops remotely to diagnose and fix problems, will launch for free in the Apple App Store this week.
6. Citrix Receiver
Citrix Receiver, the software that delivers virtual desktops and applications to user devices, supports 149 smartphones and 37 tablets. At Synergy, Citrix will demonstrate Receiver working on Google's Chrome OS laptops, the HP webOS tablet and Motorola's Atrix smarthphone/laptop combo. Multitouch support on tablets is being upgraded.
7. XenClient 2
The second version of XenClient, a bare metal hypervisor for installing virtual desktops on PCs, will be shown in a technology preview that expands the software to more types of laptops. Bare metal desktop hypervisors are not widely used, but may offer greater security by isolating virtual machines, and a richer experience than streamed desktops by using the PCundefineds native horsepower. Citrix is upgrading XenClient to improve the user interface, synchronization, backup and remote data wipes.