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Citrix, Microsoft align on digital transformation

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As businesses today face tectonic shifts within the global economy, success is increasingly defined by the ability to optimise the information surrounding people, organisations and devices.
Citrix and Microsoft have unveiled an expansion of their strategic partnership to meet the needs of the modern workforce with application and desktop virtualisation in the cloud, network delivery and enterprise mobility management.
Kirill Tatarinov, CEO of Citrix, and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announce that Citrix has selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred and strategic cloud for its future roadmap.
This partnership will empower joint customers to capitalise on the convergence of cloud, mobile and big data and drive digital transformation in their organisations. In addition, Citrix and Microsoft are working together on new integrations between Citrix XenMobile, NetScaler and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), based on customer demand.
“Companies of all sizes across all industries around the world have an amazing opportunity to embrace digital transformation and empower their people to work productively from anywhere at any time,” says Tatarinov. “Our customers are asking Citrix and Microsoft to work closer together to help them fully leverage innovations like Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure.
“This enhanced partnership ensures we can be more agile in responding to our customers’ needs and help them accelerate the move to digital business.”
As part of the expanded partnership, Microsoft and Citrix will offer customers flexible options to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise within their organisations.
Later this year, Citrix will offer customers who have licensed Windows 10 Enterprise (current Branch for Business) on a per-user basis the option to manage their Windows 10 images on Azure through its XenDesktop VDI solution. This will help customers deploy virtual apps or desktops and accelerate Windows 10 adoption for those customers who are using Microsoft cloud solutions.
To support the testing of custom-built corporate apps on this advanced operating system, Citrix customers can use AppDNA to accelerate their migration to Windows10 by providing application lifecycle management tools to discover and resolve application compatibility issues.
Together, Citrix and Microsoft are enabling companies to realise the collaboration and communications benefits of Office 365. Customers will be able to take advantage of an optimised Skype for Business “dial-tone” level of experience delivered with the high security of Citrix XenApp and in XenDesktop virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments.
XenApp also allows customers to run the full versions of Office 365, including Office plugins and macros giving customers more complete usage of their Office 365 subscriptions.
To further help companies deliver great productivity experiences for their employees, while enabling IT professionals to help protect company data across both cloud and on-premises applications, Citrix and Microsoft are integrating Citrix XenMobile and NetScaler with the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).
Citrix NetScaler will integrate with EMS to provide virtual private network capabilities for more secure, identity-based access to on-premises applications on Microsoft Intune-managed devices. This will give customers a broad array of options for managing access to on-premises applications in an increasingly mobile-first world.
In addition, the Citrix Worx Mail and Forms applications, ShareFile enterprise file share and sync and Citrix Receiver will support EMS, so that customers can manage and secure these mobile app experiences using the same mobile application management capabilities used to manage Office 365 and SAP Fiori apps.
“Our relationship with Citrix has always been founded on the commitment to making our mutual customers successful by empowering their people to be more productive,” says Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. “By selecting Azure as its preferred and strategic cloud, Citrix is helping companies mobilize their workforces to succeed in today’s highly competitive, disruptive and global business environment.”