Citrix has its mojo back!February 15th, 2017 by Andy Grover
January 2017 was Kirill Tatarinov’s first anniversary as Citrix CEO and in our opinion he’s overseen one hell of a transformation. For a while Citrix seemed to have lost its way by spreading their net too wide and getting involved in all sorts of technologies that distracted them from their core business. That’s why we were pleased to hear back in July, that as part of Citrix’s dramatic re-focus on application delivery, they were divesting non-core businesses such as the GoTo family of products.
This regained ‘energy, vision and innovation’ shows no signs of stopping and the last few months have seen some really exciting developments – many of which were announced in Citrix Summit 2017.
First up Tatarinov announced a new innovation partnership with Red Bull Racing that showcases the performance of the two top brands when working together. He also unveiled the acquisition of Unidesk, the leader in application layering, which makes it easier for customers to securely deploy and manage apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop. Other key announcements included:
- Citrix Cloud Accelerator, a comprehensive set of transition and trade-up offers for customers who own existing XenApp or XenDesktop licenses and want to move to Citrix Cloud
- A new Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program that enables hyper converged appliances from hardware and storage partners to connect to Citrix Cloud
- The integration of Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway with Microsoft Intune
- New features that will enhance the user experience by providing faster logon, 10 times faster printing and file transfer, and a better user experience over poor connectivity
- A new protocol which incorporates the Framehawk technology acquired some time back from NASA
Tatarinov said the announcements were all part of a Citrix strategy that is designed to “help IT professionals become the heroes of the digital age.” Well we’re certainly behind that plan!