Citrix Charts “Path to the Cloud” at Synergy San Francisco
Today at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix unveiled its strategy to help customers of all sizes deliver business-ready cloud services. With the advent of the Cloud Era, companies everywhere are looking for effective strategies to harness the benefits of cloud computing, without disrupting their current business models. Today’s announcements give customers a simple, pragmatic “Path to the Cloud,” making it easier for them to “build” new clouds, “bridge” to third-party clouds, “deliver” cloud services with the best performance, reliability and security, and “transform” existing Windows desktops and apps into true, cloud-like services.
Build New Clouds
The first component of the Citrix “Path to the Cloud” strategy is focused on making it easy for customers of any size to create true, Amazon-style clouds. To accelerate the broad adoption of open, interoperable cloud computing, Citrix has focused its cloud platform strategy on the CloudStack™ platform, now part of the Apache Software Foundation, home of the world’s most successful open source projects. Apache CloudStack is a powerful, proven, hypervisor-agnostic platform that helps customers of all sizes build true Amazon-style clouds. It boasts more than 30,000 active community members, thousands of certified apps, and hundreds of production clouds, collectively generating more than $1 billion in cloud revenue from some of the biggest brands in the industry. Since CloudStack was accepted into the Apache Software Foundation Incubator Program, 60 industry partners have announced support for the platform, with customers standing up over 100 new clouds a month on CloudStack.
To bring the power of Apache CloudStack to its extensive enterprise and service provider customer base, Citrix today unveiled Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack. Citrix CloudPlatform is now a key component of the Citrix cloud computing portfolio, providing customers with a hyper-agnostic solution that make it easy to build new clouds, connect to existing cloud services, and deliver unparalleled cloud services with the best security, performance and reliability.
Bridge to Third-Party Clouds
The second element of the Citrix “Path to the Cloud” strategy is focused on making it easy for enterprises to connect their datacenters and private clouds to external, third-party cloud services. The centerpiece of the Citrix strategy in this area is Citrix CloudBridge™, an innovative solution that sits at the “back door” of corporate datacenters, giving them a secure, transparent, high-performance connection to any third-party cloud. This approach allows customers to tap into the elastic, low-cost capacity of public clouds as part of their overall cloud services strategy.
Today, Citrix announced CloudBridge 2, a new upgrade that makes connecting to third-party clouds even easier. The new release adds a self-service catalog of popular clouds that are pre-configured to connect to CloudBridge on the enterprise side, along with a new “one-click” provisioning capability that makes it far easier to connect to external clouds for the first time. Customers can also add new clouds to the CloudBridge service catalog as needed.
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