Citrix teams up with Microsoft to deliver virtual desktops

Citrix Systems has announced the launch of Citrix Managed Desktops, a cloud-hosted offering that enables organisations – regardless of their size or IT expertise – to provision Windows-based applications and desktops from the cloud to any device, anywhere in a simple, unified manner.

“Work today isn’t confined to physical offices or traditional devices. It happens around the clock and globe on everything from PCs and laptops to phones, tablets and even watches,” said Carisa Stringer, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Desktop and Applications Group, Citrix. “With Citrix Managed Desktops, organisations can quickly and easily provide employees with access to their individual desktops and all the applications and corporate resources they need to do their jobs and perform at their best.”

According to Citrix, the Managed Desktops provides everything needed to securely deliver Windows desktops and applications with simplicity and speed. Using the solution, administrators can simplify day-to-day operations.

It also enables organsiations to quickly provision desktops to both internal and external users such as contract or seasonal workers to ensure resources are accessed in a secure manner. The Managed Desktops also allows users to scale virtual desktops to meet changing demands such as an influx of new users from a merger or acquisition. It also provides them with the capability to efficiently deploy and manage workloads in multiple regions to ensure apps and desktops are closest to end users and optimise performance and user experience.

Additionally, it can be easily integrated with Azure-hosted virtual desktops with on-premises Active Directory and other corporate resources.

Citrix Managed Desktops provides all the benefits of a traditional Citrix application delivery solution combined with the simplified deployment and lower cost associated with utilisation of the Microsoft Azure cloud services and can be used to support and extend the value of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Workspace solutions across the enterprise.

Citrix Managed Desktops will be generally available August 26 and can be purchased on a monthly or term basis, giving companies the flexibility to align with ever-changing business needs and keep costs under control.

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