LAS VEGAS: Citrix and Microsoft have extended their partnership to bring Windows 10 to virtual desktops powered by the Azure cloud platform.
The companies have been working together for some time, but a deeper partnership was revealed at Citrix’s Synergy conference in Las Vegas in which the firms will mix Microsoft’s cloud software and platform with Citrix’s virtualisation products and services.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella explained that the partnership will extend the company’s strategy of empowering businesses and individuals through cloud and digital technology.
“At Microsoft our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. Core to this mission is fostering a strong partnership with companies like Citrix,” he said in a video at the conference.
“By selecting Azure as its strategic cloud platform Citrix customers will have access to the full compute power, intelligence and scale of the Microsoft cloud.
“Citrix is also helping our virtual customers accelerate the adoption of Office 365 and Windows 10 to easily enable them to collaborate from anywhere.”
In practical terms this will see Citrix’s XenApps and XenDesktop virtualisation tools gain deeper integration with Office 365. It will also align Citrix’s XenMobile and NetScaler with the Microsoft Enterprise Suite and Intune, and integrate identity and networking between NetScaler and Azure.
However, Citrix chief executive Kirill Tatarinov, a former Microsoft executive vice president, revealed the most significant part of the partnership.
“We will see some really incredible introduction of technologies as a result of this renewed partnership,” he said.
“Probably most exciting, we’ve been working together to enable XenDesktop VDI to help you deliver Windows 10 desktop as a service from Azure cloud.”
This will effectively enable Citrix and Microsoft users to run virtualised versions of Windows 10 on desktops, tablets and other XenDesktop compatible devices, supported by the flexibility and compute power of the Azure cloud.
“This is really something the industry has been asking Citrix and Microsoft/Citrix to deliver,” said Tatarinov.
The goal is to offer a suite of tools and integrated services that can be adopted easily by companies undergoing a transformation aimed at shedding legacy IT and adopting more modern digital technologies.
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