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Citrix acquires 'app layering' firm Unidesk

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January 10, 2017

Citrix is making good of its decades-old buddy relationship with Microsoft, targeting Windows 10 and the Cloud. Citrix has decided to acquire a new company in the process.

To that end, the company is acquiring Unidesk. The firm was founded ten years ago and claims to be the inventor of what it calls application layering.

In a nutshell, application layering is a process to improve the streamlining of corporate rollouts of virtual Windows applications at a larger scale.

App layering is a form of 'container' that wraps up Windows apps and their various settings as a virtual disk with applications attached to a virtual machine (VM) and then associated with a specific target device.

Unidesk claims that its system is supposedly faster than traditional streaming solutions for the remote delivery of various apps since the desktop and its related apps are already pre-associated with a specific device and runs outside the Windows guest, hopefully eliminating I/O conflicts.

To be sure, Unidesk will be added to Citrix’s XenApp and XenDesktop Windows application soon, and its desktop virtualization software, Citrix asserted. As usual, financial terms were not revealed.

This morning, Citrix also announced the release and also the planned release of new software services to better manage and run Windows 10 desktops and apps using Microsoft's Azure platform.

The IT company introduced XenDesktop Essentials to manage Windows 10 desktops on Azure via the Citrix Cloud, XenDesktop being Citrix’s desktop VDI software.

Announced last year, XenDesktop Essentials will be released through the Azure Marketplace, the company asserted.

XenDesktop Essentials specifically targets Windows 10 Enterprise E3 pay-per-user customers, giving Microsoft enthousiasts the option of managing Windows 10 images on Azure through a cloudy edition of its XenDesktop VDI solution.

XenApp Essentials is coming in the first quarter, Citrix said today, adding that it will also be available via the Azure Marketplace.

The concept of XenApp Essentials is to simplify the easy rollout of apps from Azure to any device that the user selects.

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive VP for enterprise cloud said in a statement that Citrix is helping enterprises mobilise their workforces with various apps and desktops deployed directly on Microsoft Azure.

You need to know that the overall relationship between Microsoft and Citrix dates back to the 1990s, and is centered on terminal services software, delivering Windows desktop and apps remotely over a network without being installed on the local machine. Think RDP (remote desktop services).

Source: Citrix.


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