ORLANDO: Citrix has unveiled Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC), a platform that enables the management and on-demand delivery of virtualised workspaces and apps via the cloud.
Citrix chief executive Mark Templeton said at the firm's Synergy 2015 event in Orlando that CWC is a way for companies to address the pressures of dealing with multiple devices, applications and methods of working within one infrastructure.
"What we decided to do is build a cloud-based control plane that enables partners and customers to unify, secure and deliver workplace services and, shockingly, we decided to call it Workspace Cloud," he said.
"Workspace Cloud is a platform of services for high-speed prototyping and liberation of complete workspaces, whether it's in a public or private cloud."
CWC has been designed to bypass IT management problems by providing a cloud-hosted central control area for Windows, mobile and web apps, along with documents, in a single public, private or hybrid cloud environment.
Templeton said that Citrix avoided creating its own cloud for customers to run virtualised workspaces, and instead developed a platform layer, managed by Citrix within Microsoft's Azure cloud, which sits on top of private or public clouds run by the likes of IBM and Amazon Web Services.
This management layer effectively provides a dashboard that enables IT teams to set up custom virtualised workspaces for organisations and individual users, allowing applications, data, files and features to be selected to suit specific tasks or requirements.
The dashboard allows IT teams to choose the cloud infrastructures and data centres from which they want CWC managed workspaces to draw resources for each workspace instance they set up.
This management layer effectively gives CWC users deep control over the parameters of their virtualised workspaces, rather than having them dictated by a complete end-to-end service hosted by Citrix.
The virtual workspaces can then be delivered as a service through a cloud to multiple devices from desktop PCs to smartphones, running different operating systems such as Windows, Chrome OS and Mac OS.
Citrix's partners, such as IBM, can also tap into CWC and build on it to deliver further customised workspaces to customers.
CWC is described as a new product, but it is effectively a rebrand and consolidation of services created by Citrix's Workspace Services division.
It represents the full extent of the company's work and ambition to deliver a product that streamlines the creation and delivery of workspaces for customers and partners.
CWC was demonstrated during Templeton's keynote and V3 noted that it managed to live up to Citrix's claims, as even in a live showcase where things often go wrong, a workspace was set up through the control plane in a matter of minutes.
CWC is not the only product Citrix has overhauled. The company recently reworked its GoToMeeting service to offer wearables support and Apple and Android features.
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