Cisco and Citrix close in on mobile cloud

Citrix and Cisco are looking to build on their technology relationship to ensure they can improve the options for cloud computing users

Cisco and Citrix are deepening their desktop virtualisation partnership to take advantage of the industry surge towards mobile cloud computing, with both vendors looking to invest greater resources into people and technology.

Specifically, the companies will focus on cloud networking, cloud orchestration and business models based on mobile devices. They say these moves are designed to leverage what they call a major IT architectural transition toward mobile cloud technologies.

The move is designed to  drive innovation globally. To achieve this both recognise the need to ramp up investment in both people and technology development, suggesting a significant recruitment drive and greater investment in marketing and channel resources.

A joint BYOD platform is central to the extended partnership with both companies claiming that respective technologies, such as tighter integration between Citrix CloudGateway and Cisco Jabber client, will provide users with secure access to business apps, data, voice and collaboration technology from any device and any location.

From the networking perspective both companies are integrating application delivery and network security technologies.  

The planned technology integration also extends to the Cisco Unified Computing System and the Citrix CloudPlatform. 

Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco, said that that users were now demanding more flexibility from vendors: “As IT enters the mobile-cloud era, IT providers need to be more innovative about addressing customers’ fast changing needs.”

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