Synergy 2018: Citrix takes users to the cloud and mobility

For Citrix, computing for the mobile world is made up of four components: people, data, apps, and devices, explains Citrix CEO Mark Templeton in his inaugural address to Synergy.

Among the first point he summarizes about the collaboration tool “Go To Meeting”. These are now available with 3D rendering (HDFaces) for the new iPad. In addition, a version of the Video and Audio Conferencing tool for Android is now available for free.

But Go To Meeting has become a true collaborative tool with the technique of “Podio,” which Citrix recently acquired. Podio is a free cloud service for individuals and teams. The tool comes with hundreds of apps. These complement workflows and processes with structures and activity streams.

Podio expands Go To Meeting

For example, Podio supports leading cloud-based file sharing services such as Dropbox, Google Drive , Microsoft Sky Drive, Sugar Sync, and Citrix proprietary Share File storage.

According to Ctrix, the tool provides a “robust” API environment so other popular cloud-based business tools such as FreshBooks, Google Apps , Campaign Monitor and Zendesk can also be integrated. At the same time, Podio offers users transparent access to the apps and services.

By supporting file sharing apps, instead of jumping between disconnected content sources, Podio users can simply use the File Sharing Link to access files or services they need.

In addition, files in Podio can be structured and contextualized, whether status updates, tasks, private messages, apps, or workflows. The end user no longer has to deal with problems caused by different versions, as is often the case with locally stored documents. Ultimately, the tool allows the work of teams to be organized dynamically and independently of the workplace.

The data column

The second pillar of mobile computing, Data, is for Citrix to provide access to data from anywhere, from any device. “Share File”, also a Citrix purchase, allows users to share documents and photos, as well as processes with others, and to keep them up-to-date on every device. Admins have the possibility to deposit access rights.

Citrix takes users to the cloud and mobility

New is the function “Storage Zones”. These allow users and administrators to organize the filing like file folders. Users can store their files in their own order, similar to “Outlook”.

For example, admins specify the storage location. For example, you can allow German users to store data centers on German soil in order to comply with local legislation. But you can also specify whether the data should end up in a public cloud or belong only to the corporate data center.

The personal cloud is not a dropbox

The restrictions are transparent for the users. Templeton also calls them the ” iCloud for Businesses”.

Much charm has the coupling of Share File and “Receiver”. This is the Citrix technology that makes it possible to access business applications from any device, be it PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. Thus, Templeton speaks in this context of “Follow-Me-Data.

The combination of receiver and share file is expected to hit the market in July. At the moment a preview is available.

The application modules

Another Citrix announcement turns the desktop into a server. Because in the future the manufacturer wants to offer a remote access to the workstation. This is a variant of Flex Cast, part of the Xen Desktop product line. According to Templeton’s announcement, “Remote PC Technology” fills a gap and becomes a virtual desktop.

Users using this technology are not connected to the data center, as in desktop virtualization, but to the workstation. This becomes the VDI hub (VDI = Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). According to Templeton, this makes sense, for example, for special workplaces, for example when special graphics programs are running on the workstation.

However, should the infrastructure in the company be one day so far that it could be switched to VDI, the remote PC images distributed in this way could also be transferred to a data center on a server.

Access to the applications and apps

Citrix customers get access to the applications via a cloud gateway. This is a kind of App Store. For Synergy, Citrix released version 2.

Access is no longer limited to Windows applications, but includes access to HTML5, iOS and SaaS offerings. In addition, the release includes the integration of Share File.

The devices

Last year, Citrix presented “HDX”, the “System on an Chip”, in collaboration with Motorola, at the Barcelona User Conference. This form of desktop virtualization should be able to push the price considerably. That’s already happening, according to Templeton.

While the cost of such a system was $ 250 at the time of launch, it has already dropped to $ 125. But within a year, the cost is to sink below $ 100, according to the Citrix CEO.

At Synergy, Citrix Cef will introduce new thin clients based on HDX. Among others, NComputing and Thin Linx launch new ones. Raj Dhingra, CEO of NComputing, said, “We look forward to offering HDX on the Numo 3 system-on-chip to many companies, using silicon that has already been mass-produced.”

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