We are pleased to announce that Citrix XenDesktop and HDX technology is powering the new Smart Business Desktop on the IBM cloud, a public cloud service that delivers desktops for office based workers. This new service enables small to medium businesses to be able to virtualize desktop computing resources, and provide a logical, rather than a physical method of access to the entire Windows desktop experience, including OS, apps, and data – with all the storage and computing services hosted in the public cloud. The service requires no up-front capital making it easier for small to mid-size businesses to adopt virtual desktops.
One of the keys to successfully deliver virtual desktops from a public cloud is to ensure that the experience for end users remains unchanged or is better than their physical PCs. Remember, all users in this environment will be accessing their desktop over WAN. This is where Citrix’s HDX technologies come into play for IBM Cloud. HDX includes a set of technologies designed to enable a high definition user experience for virtual desktops, and is a key component for IBM public cloud services for virtual desktops. Virtual desktop users from IBM cloud services will now be able to access their desktop from any device in any location and still get uncompromised experience with any kind of content, including rich media. Learn more about Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix HDX.
Citrix and IBM Global Technology Services have worked closely together for many years. IBM has been successfully managing XenApp implementation for delivering apps to hundreds of thousands of users for customers worldwide. Centralization and optimization have been the joint focus for Citrix and IBM and we have hundreds of successful customer implementations (see a great example on ATU in Germany through the video at  www.citrix.com/ibm). Citrix XenDesktop and HDX technology will continue to be key parts of IBM Global Technology Services offerings for private clouds within larger enterprise customers. The private cloud offerings now include the entire Citrix desktop virtualization product portfolio – i.e. XenDesktop, XenApp, Netscaler, Branch Repeater and the Citrix Access Gateway.
IBM has developed hundreds of consultants with skills that span the entire Citrix desktop virtualization portfolio, making it easier for both large and small businesses to adopt Citrix XenDesktop and HDX technology for delivering virtual desktops to their users anywhere.
For more information about IBM Smart Business Desktop on the IBM Cloud, visit http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/bcrs/a1026737.

Raj Dhingra

General Manager, XenDesktop Product Group