After Turbulent Year, New CEO Introduces 'New Citrix' At Synergy Conference


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Citrix Systems kicked off its annual Synergy conference Tuesday with its new CEO sharing a new vision for a company in the midst of a turbulent transformation.

Kirill Tatarinov took the stage in Las Vegas to unveil "a new Citrix to the world" -- a company diving deeper into a cloud delivery model for its legacy products, and expanding upon its long-standing partnership with Microsoft to deliver Windows 10 as a remote desktop.

Tatarinov, who took the helm of the company in January after an activist investor shakeup and the exit of longtime leader Mark Templeton, told partners and customers his goal was to help them understand the product road map and the company's priorities going forward.

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The Citrix solution portfolio focuses on the four "megatrends" reshaping the industry: cloud, big data analytics, mobile and the Internet of Things.

"Cloud is an absolute unquestioned reality," Tatarinov said. "We see that the majority of companies today are deploying public cloud workloads. And it's just the beginning. It's just the acceleration that's starting now."

And mobility isn't about the number of devices shipped, he said, "but how close we have moved to this dream to have one device for everything in our lives."

That's why Citrix is transitioning from an on-premises product model to one of delivering services from the cloud to those mobile devices -- "the most significant transformation Citrix has ever done," Tatarinov told attendees.

Updates are coming to the company's three primary products: the Xen family of virtualization platforms, ShareFile and NetScaler.

The Xen line will be updated with XenDesktop 7.9 and XenServer 7, supporting the Intel Iris Pro GPU.

For companies running DevOps-style infrastructure, the new NetScaler CPX puts the application delivery controller in a Docker container. And Citrix will also be releasing a new NetScaler management and analytics system, Tatarinov said.

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