Citrix Is 'Going Mobile,' Opens XenDesktop 7, XenMobile To Any Device


Citrix XenMobile makes it easy for a business user to register their mobile device for business use and then access mobile apps approved by their employers. It provisions security, applications and data as mobile apps and provides seamless integration of any Windows application, Citrix's Templeton said.

With Citrix XenMobile, Citrix also introduced Worx Mobile, a line of solutions tailored toward business mobile users. They include WorxEnroll, a self-service solution for registering personal devices for business use, and WorxHome, a solution for configuring mobile users and providing them with a mobile app store.

Citrix also introduced a number of Worx-enabled mobile apps including WorxMail for secure email, calendar and contacts; WorxWeb for secure Web browsing; its ShareFile secure document sharing, sync and editing application; GoToMeeting for online meetings; and GoToMyPC for secure remote access to a PC or Mac from a mobile device.

Templeton said Citrix has also signed up over 60 developers to deliver Worx-enabled apps.

Also new is Citrix MDX, a technology that allows customers complete management of security in their XenMobile environments.

Templeton said Citrix MDX provides a secure application container, a micro VPN for letting business users securely access internal corporate applications and data, an application-specific lock and wipe capability for remotely deleting business applications and data on users' devices, and inter-app communication.

"In the end, you get control of the apps, but users get the apps they want," he said.

Citrix's Peterson demonstrated XenMobile and MDX by showing how files could be uploaded into ShareFile, which then returned a link via email for access. He also used a mobile device to download a file, make changes, save the changes and then share the file. Peterson also used his mobile device to remotely access secured corporate data over a micro VPN.

For developers, Templeton said Citrix is providing Worx Apps SDK, a tool for turning almost any application into a mobile Worx-enabled application by just adding the line "MDXSDK/FunctionRename.h" into its code.

Such apps, when ready, can be sent to the corporate Worx App Gallery where they then become available for employees to use.

Citrix XenMobile is expected to launch in June.

Templeton also said that Citrix has opened up the Citrix NetScaler series of cloud networking, load balancing and security appliances to third-party services, making it possible for businesses to secure the access of corporate applications and data from any service from any location.

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