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Citrix Enables High-Performance App and Desktop Delivery from Windows Azure

  Citrix Enables High-Performance App and Desktop Delivery from Windows Azure

  XenDesktop 7 on Windows Azure Expands Delivery Options for Enterprises and
                              Service Providers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- July 8, 2013

Citrix today announced it can enable enterprise customers and service
providers to deliver high-performance mobile apps and Windows Server-based
session desktops from Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform with the
recently announced Citrix XenDesktop® 7. With the licensing support for Remote
Desktop Services (RDS) on Windows Azure, Citrix now extends session desktops
to Windows Azure to support live session roaming, multiple device types and
formats, and rich user-interface media experiences.

Running XenDesktop 7 in the cloud gives enterprises the ability to manage
costs, extend capacity on demand, reduce lead-time for procuring and
configuring hardware, and reduce hardware sizing risk as loads fluctuate. It
also gives service providers the ability to focus on service delivery rather
than managing the underlying infrastructure. XenDesktop cloud-hosted session
desktops enable mobile workstyles, delivering any type of app, to any type of
device, over any type of network.

The market for cloud-hosted session desktops is on the rise in response to
enterprise and small-and-medium-business needs for flexible, cost-effective IT
services that enable a mobile workforce. In fact, The 451 Group estimates the
overall desktop virtualization market to be a $5.6 billion opportunity by
2015. In addition, it sees a 35 percent CAGR specifically for cloud-hosted
desktop revenue through 2015.^1 XenDesktop cloud-hosted session desktops
enable enterprises and service providers to employ more delivery options with
unprecedented user experience, data security and any-device ubiquity,
including traditional thin clients, as well as the growing mobile device
landscape.

Hosted Session Desktops from Windows Azure

Delivering hosted session desktops from Windows Azure gives Citrix enterprise
customers the benefit of deploying in a cloud familiar to Windows
administrators and optimized for Windows workloads. Additionally, service
providers benefit from being able to focus on world-class service delivery
made possible by the global presence of Windows Azure, rather than having to
manage infrastructure. By leveraging existing Citrix Service Provider
reference architectures for Citrix XenApp® and the Citrix Design Guide for
Windows Azure, service providers can rapidly create high-quality multi-tenant
session desktop services based in Windows Azure. This allows businesses of all
sizes to mobilize Windows apps and Windows Server-based session desktops and
deliver them as a cloud service to any device.

Quotes:

Bob Schultz, Group VP and GM, Desktops and Apps at Citrix

“Customers are increasingly adopting cloud hosted session desktops to enable
mobile workstyles and simplify their operations. Leveraging the cloud as a
deployment platform will further accelerate these major trends. As a leading
desktop virtualization product, XenDesktop 7 enables users to have a high
definition experience across a broad set of user-defined devices. We are
continuing to work with Microsoft to allow both IT and service providers to
choose Windows Azure for their Citrix deployments.”

Claire Fang, Director, Windows Azure at Microsoft

“Windows Azure is an open cloud platform committed to delivering flexibility,
scalability, and cost efficiencies to customers. Microsoft recently enabled
the use of Windows Server RDS service provider license on Windows Azure, and
we are excited to see Citrix support for Windows Azure as an underlying
infrastructure for customers and service providers deploying virtual desktops
and applications. Building on our strong relationship, Microsoft and Citrix
are working together to deliver flexible and cost-effective ways for customers
to empower workforce productivity on a variety of devices.”

Tom Poole, President of Cloud Nation, Seattle-based cloud solutions aggregator

“Combining Microsoft Windows Azure with our Citrix desktop virtualization
infrastructure allows Cloud Nation to deliver enterprise-class hosted
solutions in a cost-effective package that was previously unavailable to small
businesses.”

Availability

Customers can implement Citrix XenDesktop 7 in Windows Azure today.

Related Links

  *Announcement: Citrix Extends Enterprise Mobility Strategy with XenDesktop
    7
  *Blog: Hosting Citrix Desktops from Azure
  *Blog: Top 5 Scenarios for XenDesktop on Windows Azure
  *Design Guide for Service Provider Hosted Desktops on Windows Azure

  *Design Guide for XenDesktop 7 on Windows Azure
  *Cloud Nation
  *Windows Azure

Follow Citrix

  *XenDesktop product page
  *XenApp product page
  *Twitter: @Citrix, @XenDesktop
  *Facebook: Citrix

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud company that enables mobile
workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely
accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would
in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build
clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver
high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With
market-leading cloud solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization,
networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps
organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed
in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000
organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012
was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com

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^1 Source: 451 Research, “Desktops as a Service,” February 2012. 451 Research,
“Market Monitor: Desktop Virtualization Ecosystem,” 2012.

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karin.gilles@citrix.com
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