Microsoft Azure selected as strategic cloud partner of Citrix

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Citrix selects Microsoft Azure as strategic cloud partner

Citrix announced Tuesday that it has selected Microsoft Azure as its strategic partner for cloud services. Citrix press release explained about the expansion of their strategic partnership with Microsoft. The selection of Microsoft Azure was to meet the needs of application and desktop virtualization in the cloud, network delivery and enterprise mobility management. From the keynote stage today, Kirill Tatarinov, CEO of Citrix, accompanied by a special video address from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft announced that:

Citrix has selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred and strategic cloud for its future roadmap. This partnership will empower joint customers to capitalize on the convergence of cloud, mobile and big data and drive digital transformation in their organizations. In addition, Citrix and Microsoft are working together on new integrations between Citrix XenMobile, NetScaler and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), based on customer demand.

Through the expanded partnership, Citrix later this year will offer customers with licensed, per-user Windows 10 Enterprise the ability to manage Windows 10 images on Azure through XenDesktop virtual desktop infrastructure.  The aim is to help customers deploy virtual apps or desktops and accelerate Windows 10 adoption using Microsoft cloud. Citrix’s AppDNA will help customers accelerate migration to Windows 10 and will offer lifecycle management tools to help discover and resolve application compatibility issues. Customers will now have optimized Skype for Business backed by Citrix XenApp security in XenDesktop environments. Users can also run the full version of Office 365 on XenApp.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft said: “Our relationship with Citrix has always been founded on the commitment to making our mutual customers successful by empowering their people to be more productive. By selecting Microsoft Azure as its preferred and strategic cloud, Citrix is helping companies mobilize their workforces to succeed in today’s highly competitive, disruptive and global business environment.” Read the full post at Microsoft blog about this news here.

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