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October 6, 2010

Citrix unveils two new OpenCloud products

Single identity for applicants to access supported cloud-based app

By CBR Staff Writer

Citrix Systems has unveiled OpenCloud Access and OpenCloud Bridge, the new additions to its OpenCloud platform that enables enterprise customers to connect across to any cloud service, regardless of hypervisor, network or application type.

The new OpenCloud Access and Bridge product offerings provide choice and flexibility for enterprise IT organisations to evolve to cloud architectures without having to rewrite applications, integrate networks into architectures, or manage ongoing configuration changes.

Citrix said that OpenCloud Access gives single sign-on access to all popular SaaS applications , enterprise web applications on hosted IaaS or private cloud platforms, and internal web and Windows applications.

The offering is also integrated with Citrix Receiver, giving the company’s desktop virtualisation customers a single universal client to access any supported app or desktop resource, on any device.

The company said that OpenCloud Bridge makes it easy for enterprise customers to connect to networks in external clouds, and to access and manage cloud-based resources as a extension of their own network.

OpenCloud Bridge makes the service provider environment appear as part of a single secure network, by extending the enterprise demilitarised zone (DMZ) into the premise of the cloud.

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It creates a logical overlay network topology on the customer’s existing network, and provides a tunnel to enable applications and workloads to be moved into the cloud and operate as if they are still a part of the enterprise datacenter network.

Citrix group VP and GM of networking and cloud product group Klaus Oestermann said, the new OpenCloud products provide enterprise customers and cloud providers alike with virtualisation and networking offerings that do not lock them into a single approach.

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