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Secure access solution for virtual desktops announced

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Workgroup's dedicated Citrix division has announced the general availability
of a solution designed specifically to provide highly scalable secure access
to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments.

The newest release of the Citrix Access Gateway appliance now includes
integration with Citrix XenDesktop, allowing companies to deliver virtual
desktops securely to end users based on their unique identity, location and
security status, says Maike Liebenberg, Citrix product manager at Workgroup.
"Unlike traditional virtual private network (VPN) and network access control
(NAC) solutions, which control access solely to the network, Citrix Access
Gateway provides intelligent access directly to approved applications and
desktops through its SmartAccess technology, an increasingly important
requirement as datacenter resources become more virtualised and physically
separated from end users," she says.
By providing highly scalable secure access for virtual desktops, Citrix is
making it easier for IT organisations to realise the security and cost
reduction benefits that come from centralising applications and desktops in
the datacenter, delivering them virtually to end users in any location.
The Citrix Access Gateway 8.1 release accomplishes this by introducing the
following key features:
* SmartAccess for virtual desktops – Access Gateway's SmartAccess technology
allows IT departments to provide access to specific applications and data
based on the user's identity, location and results of an end point analysis
of the client device. Extending this capability to virtual desktops makes it
easier for corporations to move to a delivered desktop model without
compromising security or end user experience.
* Improved scalability for secure virtual desktop access – Adding a highly
scalable Access Gateway appliance in front of virtual desktops in the
datacenter can dramatically enhance an organisation's ability to deliver
XenDesktop securely to XenDesktop users, regardless of how far away they are
from head office.
* Fast configuration and deployment – New Access Gateway configuration
wizards simplify and accelerate deployment in a virtual desktop environment
by automating several commonly performed XenDesktop configuration tasks. In
addition, new standalone MSI packaging for Windows simplifies and automates
client installation by enabling administrative deployments through the
broadly-available standard software deployment tools.