Google, Citrix to deliver desktop apps on the cloud

By collaborating with Citrix, Google aims to help customers use their own applications from any device at any point just like they use G Suite on the cloud

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In a bid to accelerate cloud transformation, Google and digital workspace company, Citrix have collaborated to help customers use their current desktop applications from any device and any place easily and securely. The collaboration will be delivering desktop applications running in a cloud-hosted environment.

According to Citrix, users will be able to use Citrix Cloud to provision and manage secure digital workspaces, including Citrix Workspace Service, on Google Cloud Platform. Citrix and Google are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications and desktops, and secure cloud-optimized endpoints to their enterprise customers who are increasingly looking to both public and hybrid clouds to solve their business requirements for secure digital workspaces.

Google states that managing and delivering hosted desktop applications requires several pieces of technology, global network to reach customers and employees wherever they may be, and a team of security engineers who work to keep Google Cloud customers secure.

Citrix brings the application management, backup and redundancy from XenApp, its desktop virtualization suite, and application delivery with Netscaler. Google Chromebooks and Android devices together with Citrix XenApp will be offering a secure, managed end-point, that consumers can use as a safe and user friendly experience on which to use applications.

Both the companies have also announced new integrations between Citrix ShareFile and Google G Suite that enable follow-me-data when using Citrix workspace solutions. A new ShareFile plug-in that allows the secure sharing of files via Gmail and a ShareFile connector to Google Drive will provide users with one place to find all their documents.

In addition, Citrix NetScaler CPX is available now on Google Cloud and is targeted for availability in the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace by the end of the quarter. Google Cloud’s emphasis on containers and the Kubernetes orchestration system will allow the developer community to use NetScaler CPX to build and scale secure applications in the cloud.

The collaboration is also expanding use of secure devices with Citrix Receiver for Chrome and Android link. This, according to the companies, will help address key challenges faced by enterprises moving to the cloud quickly and securely.

“We are deepening our successful partnership with Citrix. By adding the ability to manage IT services in Google Cloud Platform from Citrix Cloud service offerings, we and Citrix are providing enterprise customers more options as they make moves to the cloud,” said Nan Boden, Head of Global Technology Partners, Google Cloud.

“Our collaboration with Citrix will help businesses of all types accelerate their transition to the cloud including the desktop infrastructure and applications that they want to use.”

Both the companies have had shared a strategic relationship since years and this move is an extension to the same. They continue to work on delivering secure end point solutions for accessing digital workspaces with the recently announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.4, which offers true multi-monitor support on Chromebooks. Google recently announced official Chrome Browser support for Citrix along with graphics optimizations available only on XenApp.

“Companies of all sizes across all industries around the world have an amazing opportunity to embrace cloud transformation and empower their people to work securely from anywhere using digital workspaces,” said Steve Blacklock, VP of Global Strategic Alliances, Citrix.

“Our customers are asking Citrix and Google to work more closely together to deliver innovative solutions from the cloud to help them embrace the future of work.”

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