Citrix Cloud Provider Pack for Service Providers

Citrix Cloud Provider Pack

The Citrix Cloud Provider Pack is a set of technologies which complements Citrix hosted desktop solutions to provide new levels of automation, seamless hybrid cloud experience and mobility.

Source: http://blogs.citrix.com/2012/03/19/fast-moving-clouds-2/

App orchestration technology: We hear over and over again that cloud providers are looking for ways to reduce costs of their hosted desktop management. The best way to accomplish that is by automating time consuming tasks, such as app and desktop configuration, deployment and lifecycle maintenance. From a single, multi-tenant console, the cloud provider admin can kick off all these tasks and then simply wait for confirmation of completion. This app orchestration layer works across multiple sites and farms, and integrates directly with CloudPortal Services Manager to enable admin-free self-service.

Next generation seamless app technology: The reality is that today, people get their apps from everywhere – from the local desktop, an on-premise data center, and from the public cloud. This latest iteration of seamless app technology “stitches” together the experience from multiple sources into a single desktop experience. Users can have a hosted desktop in the cloud, but still have access to their local apps (iTunes, DVD players, etc.) and hosted corporate apps (CRM, HR, etc.). The big payoff for hosted desktop providers is that this means they can on-board customers to a basic workspace immediately, then migrate additional apps over time as needed.

Windows for tablets: Remote access to a Windows desktop from an iPad looks cool, but a few minutes into the experience, you start to notice that the tiny icons are hard to tap, scroll bars are hard to use, and keyboards don’t pop up when expected – and when they do, they block the part of the screen you are trying to see. The Mobility Pack (updated in this version of the Cloud Provider Pack) helps to transform the desktop experience into a tablet-optimized, touch-friendly environment.

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