Citrix expands virtualization, from the data center to the iPad

Citrix products designed to let workers access desktops and applications from any device.

Citrix is unveiling a bucketful of new products this week at its annual Synergy conference, with a focus on delivering data and applications to users on any device, while making the data center robust enough to handle the new load. Here's a look at some of the new Citrix technologies.

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NetScaler Cloud Gateway

NetScaler Cloud Gateway

To be available in physical and virtual appliances, Cloud Gateway will sit at the "front door" of the data center, connecting Web applications and Windows apps to any device in a secure manner, while providing single-sign-on to users. The Gateway will also monitor a customer's licenses and service-level agreements.

No sale date for Cloud Gateway was provided, but it will be sold with Citrix's NetScaler products, which start at $2,000 for a virtual appliance and $12,000 for a hardware appliance.

NetScaler Cloud Bridge

NetScaler Cloud Bridge

Another new product for the data center, NetScaler Cloud Bridge sits at the "back door" of the network to provide a secure connection between the data center and cloud services. WAN optimization improves data flow and reduces use of bandwidth, and lets you split up the components of an application between data center and cloud. For example, a customer could run most of an application in a cloud service but keep Active Directory and sensitive data in-house for security reasons.

Cloud Bridge will ship next month starting at $5,000 as a standalone appliance, or as part of the NetScaler Platinum edition.

XenDesktop 5 with Intellicache

XenDesktop 5 with Intellicache

The latest version of Citrix's virtual desktop software launched a few months ago, and is now being updated with Citrix's IntelliCache to reduce the need for network-attached storage by running more processes on the server. Citrix is also previewing improvements to HDX which will offer faster performance and richer multimedia and graphics support to virtual desktops. (XenDesktop costs $95 to $350 per user or device.)

HD Faces for GoToMeeting

HD Faces for GoToMeeting

A high-definition video client for Citrix's Web conferencing software is entering a public beta. Citrix is hoping to make inroads against Cisco, which has the lucrative WebEx and TelePresence businesses

GoToManage for the iPad

GoToManage for the iPad

GoToManage, which lets IT pros access physical and virtual desktops remotely to diagnose and fix problems, will launch for free in the Apple App Store this week.

Citrix Receiver

Citrix Receiver

Citrix Receiver, the software that delivers virtual desktops and applications to user devices, supports 149 smartphones and 37 tablets. At Synergy, Citrix will demonstrate Receiver working on Google's Chrome OS laptops, the HP webOS tablet, and Motorola's Atrix 4G smarthphone/laptop combo. Multitouch support on tablets is being upgraded.

XenClient 2

XenClient 2

The second version of XenClient, a bare-metal hypervisor for installing virtual desktops on PCs, will be shown in a technology preview that expands the software to more types of laptops. Bare-metal desktop hypervisors are not widely used, but may offer greater security by isolating virtual machines, and a richer experience than streamed desktops by using the PC’s native horsepower. Citrix is upgrading XenClient to improve the user interface, synchronization, backup and remote data wipes.

Citrix will also preview XenClient XT, a higher-end version with "extreme security, isolation and performance," designed for government and other organizations in need of multi-layer security.

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