Citrix has unveiled Access Gateway 8.1 to support secure access to virtual desktops.
Citrix's move adds intelligent policy-based controls for its Citrix XenDesktop virtualisation platform.
The latest release of the established Citrix Access Gateway appliance now includes integration with Citrix XenDesktop, allowing companies to deliver virtual desktops securely to thousands of end-users based on their unique identity, location and security status.
Unlike traditional virtual private network and Network Access Control systems, which control access solely to the network, Citrix Access Gateway provides intelligent access directly to approved applications and desktops through its SmartAccess technology.
"Citrix is really delivering on its promise to bring the virtualised desktop closer and more securely to users," said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Yankee Group.
"By offering the industry's only out-of-the-box smart access system for virtual desktops, Citrix is making virtualised desktops more compelling for IT organisations," said Kerravala.
Access Gateway user licences are included at no additional charge with Citrix XenDesktop purchases. Appliances must be purchased separately.