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Citrix launches Cloud Provider Pack

Cloud pack intended to help hosting providers to deliver Windows-as-a-Service

The cloud service provider pack is intended to make hosted services easier to deploy, says White.
The cloud service provider pack is intended to make hosted services easier to deploy, says White.

Citrix has announced a new Cloud Provider Pack, that is intended to enable hosting providers to deliver Windows apps and desktops as a hosted cloud service.

The pack, which will be exclusively available to Citrix Service Providers (CSPs), is designed to make set up and administration of ‘Windows-as-a-Service' easier, and to deliver seamless services in a profitable fashion.

The pack includes App orchestration technology, which automates the design, configuration, deployment and lifecycle maintenance of Windows apps and desktops hosted by CSPs for multiple tenants, across multiple farms.

Citrix has also updated its Citrix CloudPortal Services Manager, which provides out-of-the-box support for app orchestration, enabling the hosted desktop infrastructure to dynamically respond to account provisioning requests via the portal.

The Cloud Provider Pack also includes functionality to manage apps both in the cloud and locally, so that users can have a seamless cloud-hosted desktop, and a Mobility Pack, which is intended to improve the experience of Windows on mobile devices, through a more touch-friendly interface, with larger icons, iOS and Android-native menus and options, and auto pop-up keyboard for text entry. The latest enhancements in the Mobility Pack include a complete SDK for customizing specific apps for mobility, and these customizations can even allow hosted apps to interact seamlessly with GPS, Camera, or SMS.

Aaron White, regional director, Citrix Middle East & Africa (MEA) said: "Gone are the days when apps could be contained to the desktop or the data centre - now they originate from personal, private and public clouds. Cloud providers need solutions to grow and manage their businesses efficiently, while providing the applications and device flexibility their customers require.  The Citrix Cloud Provider Pack brings Desktop-as-a-Service to a new level by delivering advanced technologies that make life easier for cloud providers while providing an enhanced experience for end users."