Sep

242013

Citrix Unifies and Simplifies Cloud Orchestration to Accelerate the Path to IT-as-a-Service

Latest Releases of Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager Increase Flexibility, Control and Automation with Unique Application-Centric Cloud Orchestration Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Citrix today announced the availability of Citrix CloudPlatform™ 4.2, a single, unified cloud orchestration solution powered by Apache CloudStack, and Citrix CloudPortal™ Business Manager 2.1, a web portal that manages the delivery of cloud services. The latest versions of these cloud solutions from Citrix enable organizations to future-proof their cloud services strategy by efficiently running both traditional enterprise and cloud-native workloads via an application-centric approach, while also simplifying the management aspects of offering IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS).

Today’s customers are adopting the cloud to increase efficiency, agility and business growth by rapidly innovating and delivering new cloud services. To realize the full potential of the cloud, businesses realize they must expand beyond the initial cloud-native scale-out use cases such as Dev/Test or Big Data to incorporate the vast base of existing scale-up, enterprise workloads such as ERP apps and Windows workloads into a standardized cloud architecture. The challenge customers face is that most cloud architectures are optimized for one or the other workload, but not both. By focusing on optimizing for all applications versus a specific workload, Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager provide a flexible foundation for the journey toward an ITaaS delivery model.

Citrix CloudPlatform 4.2

Citrix CloudPlatform provides a single orchestration control plane with the flexibility to handle any application—it provides infrastructure resources to deliver the scale-up resiliency that enterprise applications require, and cost-efficient scale-out failover capabilities for cloud-native applications. As a result, Citrix CloudPlatform 4.2 benefits both service providers and enterprise customers, with features that support their specific business needs:

Enterprises Building Private Clouds and Deploying Traditional Scale-Up Workloads

  • nTier application and Virtual Private Clouds run with the enterprise-grade security, networking and availability requirements of a traditional datacenter.
  • Dedicated Private Cloud Isolation ensures compliance, security, performance and licensing requirements for running the most stringent enterprise workloads in the cloud.
  • Enterprise Grade Networking Integration supports the performance, scale and SLA requirements of the most demanding production workloads.
  • VMware integrations enable customers to leverage existing VMware investments, configurations and expertise.
  • Cisco integrations allow native provisioning and management of Cisco UCS workloads directly from CloudPlatform, while leveraging Nexus 1000v Switches and ASA 1000v Firewalls within CloudPlatform.

Service Providers Building Clouds for Scale-Out, Cloud-Native Workloads

  • Availability regions can be created with multiple workload-specific zones and datacenters for lower latency, increased scalability and geographic availability as well as regulatory compliance.
  • Object Storage can be delivered in a region or across multiple zones for increased workload availability, operations efficiency and management simplicity.
  • Advanced cloud networking enables cloud operators to create advanced configurations and Network-as-a-Service offerings.
  • Industry standard AWS APIs allow customers to leverage existing AWS development efforts in CloudPlatform environments and integrate with third-party ecosystem solutions, such as PaaS or monitoring.

Ecosystem Integrators Building Custom Extensions

  • New third-party plug-in framework lets organizations easily build custom extensions to Citrix CloudPlatform.

Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager 2.1

Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager accelerates the path to ITaaS with an easy-to-use web portal that helps service providers manage the commerce, user management, service provisioning and operational aspects of delivering cloud services and offerings to their customers. New product features include:

  • Cloud Services Catalog helps enables the creation of custom services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), cloud, 3rd-party, value-add and IT services that are delivered to users through a simple, self-service catalog.
  • Customization SDK tailors user experiences and how cloud services are packaged, delivered and metered. 
  • BSS/OSS APIs allow customized application and service integration with internal and external business and operations support systems such as CRM, financials and technical support platforms.
  • Citrix and Partner Connectors make it easier for IT to transform into a service broker with 3rd-party connectors from partners such as Appcara, ActiveState, Caringo, Cloudian, Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and others. Citrix connectors include Apache CloudStack 4.2, Citrix CloudPlatform,  OpenStack, and self-service desktop, as well as a preview connector for Citrix CloudPortal Services Manager.  
  • Performance and User Experience Enhancements include an improved user and management experience, increased performance for catalog, account, subscription and billing, an Active Directory import tool, enhanced notifications and logging and RHEL support.

Availability and Pricing

CloudPlatform is licensed on a per-CPU socket basis and is available as either an annual or perpetual license. CloudPortal Business Manager is licensed on a per-site basis and is available as either an annual or perpetual license. Both products are sold through Citrix and Citrix Cloud Advisor Partners. Learn more at Citrix.com/CloudPlatform and Citrix.com/CloudPortal.

Businesses want to realize the true potential of the cloud by going beyond early experimentation with a few cloud-native use cases to a broader transformation across all their applications. This requires a cloud architecture that can handle the full range of apps, services and workloads that IT will deliver to their users today and into the future. Based on feedback from over 200 production customers, CloudPlatform enables IT to support both traditional and emerging application workloads through a single, standardized cloud architecture while ensuring the flexible foundation needed for the journey to IT-as-a-Service. Beyond workloads, IT must be able to package and deliver those services in a consumable manner to their users. CloudPortal Business Manager enables organizations to aggregate any infrastructure, cloud, IT or value-add service, offering users the ability to provision on-demand and manage accounts through a simple, self-service portal. As a result, organizations can future-proof their cloud strategy, while also evolving their business and generating results.
- Krishna Subramanian

Vice President, Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group

Citrix

CloudPlatform is a strategic component of Alcatel-Lucent’s carrier-grade CloudBand NFV Platform, forming the foundation for our cloud orchestration and IaaS layers. Because CloudPlatform can support both traditional and cloud-era workloads, Service Providers using CloudBand are able to differentiate themselves by migrating their network to cloud environments that provide a high degree of reliability, security and performance necessary to meet the most stringent SLAs.
- Dor Skuler

Vice President/General Manager of Cloud Business Unit, Platforms Division

ALU International

As customers make more use of adaptive multi-cloud resources, the intelligent structure that Citrix CloudPlatform offers will have even more compelling market appeal. We are working closely with Citrix to make sure that our mutual customers can leverage CA Nimsoft Monitor to manage the applications and services they provision with Citrix CloudPlatform on an end-to-end basis. The impact of our ongoing partnership and this specific collaboration is more agile business enablement at lower cost.
- Timothy B. Steele

Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Business Development

CA Technologies

Citrix continues to be core to Cisco’s multi-platform cloud strategy. We have experienced strong traction over the past year with customers and partners, for Cisco UCS, Nexus, and Network Services in conjunction with Citrix Cloud Platform to deliver enterprise applications and cloud services. Cisco’s collaboration with Citrix CloudPlatform 4.2 reflects our continued joint commitment to deliver industry leading infrastructure automation and provisioning solutions that allow our customers to deploy and manage applications for the next generation of private and hybrid cloud architectures.
- Mark Balch

Director, Data Center Solutions

Cisco

We use Citrix CloudPlatform as the foundation for the Codero off-premise public and private clouds because it gave us fast time-to-market while delivering the flexibility to differentiate our services. We’re excited about CloudPlatform 4.2 because it affords us even more capabilities for enabling complex enterprise workload scenarios such as support for multi-tier enterprise applications.
- Emil Sayegh

CEO

Codero Hosting

Our customers and their workload requirements are quite diverse, ranging from small development projects to mission-critical enterprise applications. CloudPlatform gives us flexibility to deliver any workload, cloud-native or traditional applications, from one platform with the freedom to deliver a variety of virtualization and storage options. CloudPortal Business Manager builds upon that, with the self-service portal experience that our customers want. These two new product releases are bringing tremendous new value, both internally and to our customers.
- Craig McElroy

CTO

Contegix

At Datapipe, we provide our customers with a flexible cloud platform that enables them to tailor the storage infrastructure to match their workload requirements. Now, with Citrix CloudPlatform 4.2, we can natively provision and manage our Stratosphere High Performance Storage offering, powered by SolidFire. The openness of CloudPlatform is what enables these types of seamless ecosystem integrations that result in premium user experience for our customers.
- Ed Laczynski

SVP of Cloud Services

Datapipe

As a long time Citrix cloud user, IDC Frontier congratulates and welcomes the release of CloudPlatform 4.2 and CloudPortal Business Manager 2.1. They will meet the needs of our customers ranging from Web 2.0/internet-oriented companies to conventional enterprises. CloudPlatform 4.2 offers many great features for which we were gladly involved in the development processes, such as the function of Configuring Multiple IP Addresses on a Single NIC. CloudPortal Business Manager is equally important as it gives our customers on-demand, self-service access to all of our cloud services. We are confident that CloudPlatform 4.2 and CloudPortal Business Manager 2.1 will help us to serve more diverse customers and deliver more value.
- Noriaki Terakado

General Manager, UX Development Department, Technology Development Division

IDC Frontier

Since 2012, we have been using the latest version of CloudPlatform and providing KDDI Cloud Platform Service. We have steadily grown, not only the number of enterprise customers we support, but also our geographic availability, expanding from Japan into Asia, North America and Europe. CloudPlatform gives our customers the reliability, resource isolation and choice of hypervisor, including VMware and KVM that they demand. CloudPlatform 4.2 will further expand our enterprise customer’s ability to run their traditional workloads on the KDDI cloud with all of the availability, reliability and isolation they have in their datacenters today.
- Akihito Fujii

General Manager, Cloud Services

KDDI

Organizations are using hybrid cloud approaches to broker more IT services and accelerate IT agility. Clustered Data ONTAP, helps organizations confidently manage and maintain control of their data, irrespective of data type or cloud location. NetApp is excited to complement Citrix cloud orchestration solutions, including the new versions of Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager, to provide seamless cloud data management and an easier path to ITaaS.
- Patrick Rogers

Vice President, Data Center Platforms

NetApp

CloudPortal Business Manager gave our customers that single pane of glass that they needed for managing their account and services—one self-service place to browse the NetStandard catalog of services, track utilization, manage billing and open support tickets. As we evolve toward giving our customers a full IT-as-a-Service platform, CloudPortal continues to be strategically important, and the new Cloud Services Catalog and Customization SDK will make it possible for us to deliver more services all from a single platform.
- Leo Hart

Custom Cloud Product Manager

NetStandard

CloudPlatform 4.2 delivers a number of new key features that are important for the deployment of our public cloud service, Cloudn, which spans Japan and the US. The new regions and advanced cloud networking capabilities means we can support increasingly more complex cloud-era workloads
- Susumu Okuhira

Director

NTT Communications

At SAP we have a range of applications and services that we are running in the cloud, from SAP’s world class Business Suite to the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform. As diverse as these solutions are, CloudPlatform has the unique ability to run them all, despite their fundamentally different architectures. Because of this, SAP and Citrix are able to help our customers make the transition to the cloud regardless of the types of applications they need to run, today or tomorrow.
- Ralf Lindenlaub

Vice President, Cloud Solutions Services

SAP

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading cloud solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

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Based on feedback from over 200 production customers, CloudPlatform enables IT to support both traditional and emerging application workloads through a single, standardized cloud architecture while ensuring the flexible foundation needed for the journey to IT-as-a-Service.
- Krishna Subramanian

Vice President, Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group

Citrix