Given center stage at Citrix’s Synergy event in Barcelona as the access and delivery mechanism for an organisation’s data and applications, CloudGateway Enterprise Edition v1.0 is available for download: true to the “released Q4 2012” statement heralded at the same event.
As any good hurdler will tell you, it’s not how high you clear the fence, as long as you clear it.
Citrix state that CloudGateway’s purpose is to aggregate, control and deliver Windows, web, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and mobile applications to any device, anywhere. A bold vision. As well as providing end-users with a single point of access and self-service to their business data on a range of devices, CloudGateway also provides the business with a comprehensive single point of aggregation and control for all applications and users.
Will enterprises be dazzled not only by an on-time delivery date, but by the features offered? What features will CloudGateway provide over and above what is on offer now, and are Citrix first over the horizon to offer such a solution?
Remember when you used to buy the magazines, buy the components, then use the components and the instructions in the magazines to build your own personal computer? Then install your own operating system. Then learn a programming language. Then write your own applications to run on your own computer? Then fix your computer because it blew up? Then bandage your hand because you soldered a component to your finger? Those days are likely gone but, back in October Intel reported strong PC and notebook sales, HP isn’t dropping its PC line. Your children may not tolerate building their own devices, but the PC will be a business device for at least the next to five to ten years.
What this also means is that for software companies focused on delivering applications and data to users, their solutions cannot be solely focused on virtualisation and the cloud: cannot be focused purely on thin and mobile. At the same time, IT departments need to be more business aware, because the business is increasingly IT aware.
At the Synergy Barcelona 2011 event last week Citrix positioned themselves to deliver on just that. Some impressive cloud announcements gave a long term strategy view. There were a number of additional previews to highlight Citrix’s commitment to appeal to The Business, and not just be about IT departmental solutions. Citrix flaunted their ever growing portfolio of services to enable organisations to have a strategy for end devices that is about delivering access to data not just in a virtualised desktop, but in a manner appropriate to device and its location. Let’s take a ramble through some of them.