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Citrix Expands Citrix C3 Cloud Computing Platform and Program

[Tisková zpráva] C3 Platform Now Enables Windows Applications and Desktops to be Delivered as a Cloud Service; New Service Provider Program Adds Pay-as-you-Go Pricing


LAS VEGAS — May 6, 2009 — Today at Citrix Synergy™, the event where virtualization, networking and application delivery meet, Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) announced a variety of new offerings for its Citrix Cloud Center™ (Citrix C3) product family to further equip service providers with the infrastructure and product licensing needed to deliver successful clouds services to their customers. Following up to the initial debut of Citrix C3 last Fall, Citrix is now enhancing the C3 platform with the addition of Citrix® XenApp™ and Citrix® XenDesktop™, enabling service providers to deliver Windows applications and desktops as a service. Central to this added functionality is the new Citrix Service Provider (CSP) program which is designed specifically for service providers who provide hosted software services to end users. In addition, Citrix C3 has been updated to include new scalable, secure, multi-tenant virtual switch and application delivery controller capabilities. To further help customers gain experience with new cloud-based scenarios, Citrix is also unveiling a series of Citrix C3 Cloud Blueprints, which offer guidelines and best practices for testing virtualization, security and application services in a cloud environment. With these enhancements to the Citrix C3 platform and program – including the new Citrix C3 Lab based on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) separately announced today – Citrix is providing an essential set of resources that help make cloud computing a reality for customers of all sizes. “We have been extremely pleased to partner with Citrix to offer fast, reliable and secure cloud services for our customers,” said Alvin Kok, Chief, Alatum, Singapore Telecommunications Limited. “By leveraging Citrix C3, we have been able to bring tremendous cost savings and business values for enterprises, SMBs and government agencies alike, which are all great differentiators for us in this economic climate.”

Product Enhancements
The updates to the Citrix C3 product family enable service providers to create secure, highly performing, multi-tenant cloud infrastructure environments in a cost effective manner. New capabilities include:

  • Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop – The incorporation of these two products into Citrix C3 enable service providers to take their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings to a new level. With Citrix C3, service providers can now effectively deliver any Microsoft Windows applications in the Software as a Service (SaaS) model and even deliver Windows Desktops as a Service (DaaS).
  • The CSP program – The newest Citrix channel partner offering, the CSP program is designed specifically for service providers who provide hosted software services to end-user customers. The CSP program addresses the service provider market for offsite and multi-tenant hosting, where the end-user customer is not the licensee. The CSP program extends to service providers the “right to use” Citrix products as the underpinning of their delivery infrastructure and gives them the flexibility of a monthly “active subscriber” pricing and licensing model. Service providers always have access to the most current versions of Citrix products available in the program and only pay for actual end-user usage recorded during the previous calendar month.
  • Citrix NetScaler VPX – A virtual appliance version of Citrix® NetScaler® (see today’s separate announcement), the new Citrix NetScaler VPX will be added to Citrix C3, enabling service providers to run multiple NetScaler instances simultaneously and provide true, cost-effective multi-tenancy web application delivery. In addition, service providers will be able to ensure the best application performance and most reliable service delivery by “cloud balancing,” which allows load balancing across multiple cloud infrastructures.
  • Citrix XenServer – One of the key components of Citrix C3, XenServer™ will soon be enhanced with a new distributed virtual switch add-on to enable secure, multi-tenant, highly scalable public clouds. The switch will partition network traffic on a per-application basis, with resource and security guarantees, and offer full visibility into and control over inter-VM traffic both within a server and virtual network overlay.

Cloud-Proven Resources for SMBs and the Enterprise
As cloud computing continues to ride the hype/awareness cycle, corporations of all sizes are contemplating how to incorporate the cloud into their long range plans from both technology and business process perspectives. To answer these needs, Citrix is now providing Citrix C3 Lab Blueprints, giving IT professionals a set of common scenarios to test and prototype application compatibility, stage applications, as well as gain experience in datacenter-cloud interactions. The Citrix C3 Lab Blueprints provide architectural overviews, deployment guides, tips and tricks and discussion forums.

Citrix C3, with XenApp and XenDesktop, is available today. The Citrix Service Provider Program will be effective starting June 1, 2009. A techno­logical preview of NetScaler VPX will be available for free download from Citrix.com on May 18, 2009. A techno­logical preview of XenServer virtual switch for XenServer 5.5 will be available for free download from Citrix.com on June 1, 2009. Access to the Citrix C3 Lab and Citrix C3 Lab Blueprints is available today – to get started please visit http://communi­ty.citrix.com/dis­play/cdn/Citrix+C3+Lab.

About Citrix C3
The Citrix Cloud Center (C3) is an integrated portfolio of Citrix delivery infrastructure products packaged and marketed to the cloud service provider market. C3 integrates cloud proven virtualization and networking products that power many of today’s largest Internet and Web service providers. Citrix C3 is designed to give cloud providers a complete set of service delivery infrastructure building blocks for hosting, managing and delivering cloud-based computing services. C3 includes a reference architecture that combines the individual capabilities of several Citrix product lines to offer a powerful, dynamic, secure and highly available service-based infrastructure ideally suited to large-scale, on-demand delivery of both IT infrastructure and application services.

About Citrix Synergy 2009
Born as a user conference more than 10 years ago, Citrix Synergy has been completely reconceived as the industry’s premier thought leadership event where virtualization, networking and application delivery meet. Citrix Synergy combines several events into one registration, including Virtualization Congress, Network World Live, Geek Speak Live and the Citrix iForum User Conference. Attendees can benefit by attending a single track, or by combining sessions from various tracks to custom-build a conference to suit their individual needs. With insights from a wide range of industry luminaries, solutions from leading vendors, and shared experiences from customers, attendees will see a quick return on their investment. More information is available on the Citrix Synergy website.

About Citrix Systems, Inc.
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the leading provider of virtualization, networking and software-as-a-service technologies for more than 230,000 organi­zations worldwide. Its Citrix Delivery Center™, Citrix Cloud Center (C3) and Citrix Online Services product families radically simplify computing for millions of users, delivering applications as an on-demand service to any user, in any location on any device. Citrix customers include the world’s largest Internet companies, 99 percent of Fortune Global 500 enterprises, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers worldwide. Citrix partners with over 10,000 companies worldwide in more than 100 countries. Founding in 1989, annual revenue in 2008 was $1.6 billion.

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