Citrix has unveiled a platform designed to offer fully cloud-based user workstations.
The company said that its Project Avalon platform would allow enterprises to perform all workstation tasks in a public cloud environment, which can then be securely accessed by a remote user on any device.
The platform is scheduled to enter its public beta testing phase in the second half of the year. No word was given on a final release date.
Chief executive Mark Templeton told convention goers that the platform would represent the next step in the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) space, as firms move from hosted workstations to fully-contained cloud images.
Templeton believes that the Project Avalon system will help to ease the process of managing and deploying workstations.
"This is what it means to deliver Windows desktops and applications in a cloud service, that is what Project Avalon is all about," he said.
"It is going to change the way you think about delivering Windows applications and desktops in the cloud era."
When the service launches, the company hopes to draw enterprise customers by simplifying migration. Users running Xen Desktop version 5 and later and XenApp versions 6 and later will be able to migrate their systems to Project Avalon public cloud.
Templeton also hopes that the service will appeal to small and medium firms who are looking to migrate their deployments.
"You should not think of Project Avalon as something for big customers exclusively," he told reporters.
"You should think of it as the next generation of XenApp and XenDesktop."
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