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Citrix set to launch desktop-as-a-service solution for Microsoft

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Citrix Systems has launched Citrix Managed Desktops, a cloud-hosted offering that enables organisations 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.”

A turnkey service delivered in close collaboration with a robust ecosystem of Citrix partners, Citrix 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 and:

  • Quickly provision desktops to both internal and external users such as contract or seasonal workers to ensure resources are accessed in a secure manner.
  • Rapidly scale virtual desktops to meet changing demands such as an influx of new users from a merger or acquisition.
  • Easily integrate Azure-hosted virtual desktops with on-premises Active Directory and other corporate resources.
  • Efficiently deploy and manage workloads in multiple regions to ensure apps and desktops are closest to end users and optimise performance and user experience.

According to Citrix, its Managed Desktops provides all the benefits of a traditional Citrix application delivery solution combined with the simplified deployment and lower cost associated with utilization 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.

Leveraging a built-in multi-tenant management user interface, Citrix partners can build customized services directly on top of Citrix Managed Desktops, creating additional value across vertical markets, a company statement said.

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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