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Citrix releases new mobile cloud platform for DaaS

May 9, 2014  

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Citrix this week released Citrix Workspace Services, which it says is the first platform for designing, building and delivering mobile workspaces via the cloud.

According to the company, the platform allows both partners and organizations to build and offer desktops-as-a-service (DaaS), virtual application delivery and mobility services from any cloud.  Launched at the Citrix Synergy user conference in Los Angeles,  is built on Microsoft Azure, leveraging capabilities such as Azure App Services, Azure Active Directory and Azure Virtual Network.

In a report released last month by 451 Research, analysts Michael Coté and Eric Hanselman wrote that they look at DaaS as a hopeful new delivery method for the virtual desktop market that’s drafting off two trends: better controlling the back-end costs of virtual desktops with public cloud and satisfying the ‘bring your own device’ needs of the evolving white-collar workforce.

“Enterprises have legions of Windows-based applications that are not yet economically feasible to translate to native mobile/tablet GUIs or mobile applications; these applications still need to be delivered to and used b employees.

“And while the back-end costs of delivering virtual desktops in-house have always been a bugbear of the virtual desktop industry, public cloud-based back ends, with their continually dropping prices and operational hyper-efficiency, look to finally cheapen the virtual desktop back end.”

Further coverage on Citrix Synergy will appear in an upcoming issue of Connections+.