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Citrix Unveils Workspace Cloud

The former Workspace Services gets a cloud makeover with a unified management UI.

It's been a busy week for Citrix Systems Inc. Monday, the company announced that it's acquired software-defined storage vendor Sanbolic. The following day, it released the latest version of its hypervisor, XenServer 6.5. Today brings the announcement of Citrix Workspace Cloud, its first Citrix-branded, cloud-based framework for managing and delivering desktops, applications, data and mobile services to any device.

Mitch Parker, group vice president and general manager of Cloud Services at Citrix, said in a blog post that Workspace Cloud will "… automate design and delivery of desktops, apps and data as services that can be deployed onto public or private clouds, on-premises or within a hybrid infrastructure."

Workspace Cloud was previously known as Citrix Workspace Services. The announcement came at Citrix Summit, the company's annual partner event. Parker said Workspace cloud "… will change IT delivery of secure workspaces." He mentioned four ways it will do that, including providing service delivery and management at cloud scale; avoid vendor lock-in by being cloud- and platform-agnostic; keeping services up-to-date; and simple orchestration across services through prealigned services.

Citrix Vice President of Corporate Product Marketing Matthew Morgan, in a separate blog post, dug into further details of Workspace Cloud. He said the impetus behind the platform was customer feedback requesting a single pane of glass for managing all Citrix technologies. He described the forthcoming UI as "an enterprise app store on steroids." That store will take the form of a catalog of workspace and infrastructure services, according to Citrix.

Morgan stated that the formal launch of Workspace Cloud will come later in 2015, without specifying an exact time frame.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

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