Citrix selects Microsoft Azure as strategic cloud partner; unveil new combined solutions

Citrix and Microsoft unveiled an expansion of their strategic partnership to meet the needs of application and desktop virtualisation in the cloud, network delivery and enterprise mobility management. Kirill Tatarinov, CEO of Citrix announced that Citrix has selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred and strategic cloud for its future roadmap. This partnership will help joint customers to capitalise on the convergence of cloud, mobile and big data. In addition, Citrix and Microsoft are working together on new integrations between Citrix XenMobile, NetScaler and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), based on customer demand.

“Companies of all sizes across all industries around the world have an amazing opportunity to embrace digital transformation and empower their people to work productively from anywhere at any time,” said Kirill Tatarinov, president and CEO of Citrix. “Our customers are asking Citrix and Microsoft to work closer together to help them fully leverage innovations like Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure. This enhanced partnership ensures we can be more agile in responding to our customers’ needs and help them accelerate the move to digital business.”

As part of the expanded partnership, Microsoft and Citrix will offer customers flexible options to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise within their organisations. Later this year, Citrix will offer customers who have licensed Windows 10 Enterprise (Current Branch for Business) on a per-user basis the option to manage their Windows 10 images on Azure through its XenDesktop VDI solution.

Citrix and Microsoft customers will be able to take advantage of an optimised Skype for Business “dial-tone” level of experience delivered with the security of Citrix XenApp and in XenDesktop virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments. XenApp also allows customers to run the full versions of Office 365, including Office plugins and macros giving customers more complete usage of their Office 365 subscriptions. Citrix and Microsoft are also integrating Citrix XenMobile and NetScaler with the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS.)

In addition, the Citrix Worx Mail and Forms applications, ShareFile enterprise file share and sync and Citrix Receiver will support EMS, so that customers can manage and secure these mobile app experiences using the same mobile application management capabilities used to manage Office 365 and SAP Fiori apps.
“Our relationship with Citrix has always been founded on the commitment to making our mutual customers successful by empowering their people to be more productive,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. “By selecting Azure as its preferred and strategic cloud, Citrix is helping companies mobilise their workforces to succeed in today’s highly competitive, disruptive and global business environment.”

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Updated Date: May 25, 2016 16:19:40 IST