Microsoft and Citrix to help customers move to the cloud

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 31 May 2016
Microsoft and Citrix to help customers move to the cloud

Microsoft and Citrix have expanded their long-term partnership to help customers to facilitate mobile working and accelerate their move to the cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10.

Citrix will deliver ‘as-a-service solutions’ hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, making it easier for customers to build and maintain the infrastructure for centralised apps and desktops.

In addition, Microsoft and Citrix will offer customers flexible options to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise within their organisations. Later this year Citrix will offer Windows Enterprise per user customers the option to manage their Windows 10 Enterprise Current Branch for Business images on Azure through its XenDesktop VDI solution. This will enable customers to deploy virtual apps or desktops and, along with existing Citrix’ migration services, accelerate Windows 10 adoption.

Citrix already offers AppDNA to help enterprises identify any compatibility issues with existing business apps built on older Windows operating systems to make it quicker for them to move to Windows 10. It has also developed System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) to help customers upgrade and manage their Windows 10 devices.

“Microsoft and Citrix have been working together for many years to support customer migrations to new platforms,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Enterprise and Client Mobility at Microsoft, in a blog post. “Citrix has delivered innovative approaches to make enterprise deployment of any new operating system easier, addressing the historical challenge of app compatibility in an enterprise deployment of a new operating system.”

In addition, Citrix will integrate various solutions with the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) over the next few months. The company will integrate NetScaler into EMS to provide conditional access to on-premises apps, as well as data-based device and app compliance. Meanwhile, Microsoft will embed NetScaler capabilities into Intune App SDK to allow apps to securely access on-premises assets without having to launch a virtual private networks.

Citrix will also embed a number of EMS capabilities into XenMobile, such as self-service password reset and multi-factor authentication, and will build a new EMM service on Azure that will integrate with EMS.

“These announcements are a huge step in delivering new customer value from our long-standing partnership,” said Anderson. “Over the past couple months, we have spent a lot of time with customers gathering input and direction on what you need and what you want us to do. One big piece of feedback has become clear: Every organisation is looking for their strategic vendors to help them.”

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