By now you’ve read about Citrix’s acquisition of EMS-Cortex and you might already know a little control panels. In fact, you might already be using one. With all the buzz around control panels, it’s a good idea to get everyone on the same page. We’ll be diving deeper into this topic during a series of webinars on April 6th, 12th and 14th. More on that down below.

A Control Panel is software that allows hosting providers to easily provision and manage adds, moves and changes to applications and desktops to the endpoint device. Control panels simplify cloud service management by providing a single, all-in-one interface for delivering hosted apps, desktops and services. It enables service providers to set up new tenants in minutes, scale efficiently via automation and dramatically reduce provisioning times. They fill a fundamental need in the cloud hosting market for a simple, consolidated management view across all services.

Most any service provider out there will tell you a control panel is a “must have” for their business and what they face is a “build it” or “buy it” decision. Citrix recognized that without a control panel, service providers will struggle to scale and will have difficulty seizing the market opportunity. Therefore, Cortex Cloud Control Panel from Citrix enables Citrix Service Providers to increase efficiencies and grow to meet their demand.

For those who haven’t yet had a chance to try Cortex, we think you’ll like it as much as we did. Using the Cortex Cloud Control Panel from Citrix, customers can log in to a web site and with a few clicks, manage user accounts, assign desktops and add or change the applications or services they receive. Services are automatically provisioned and moments later the user can log in and begin working. They can even check usage reports to be sure they are on track. Every cloud service should be this easy.

On the service provider side, administrators can instantly create new tenant accounts and delegate management rights to specific users. It saves on help desk and operational costs, because tenants self-service their accounts. Leading app hosting providers around the world have already deployed Cortex Cloud Control Panel. These service providers experience increased customer satisfaction and loyalty, and an ability to scale the business while controlling operational costs.

In addition to providing integration with Citrix XenApp, the Cortex Cloud Control Panel is renowned for its extensive support of the full suite of Microsoft hosting solutions (Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, Web Hosting, SQL Server, DNS, RDS, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Virtual Server Hosting with Hyper-V). Combined with Citrix technology, now any subscriber can manage and use their applications from any device at any location.

To learn more about the Cortex Cloud Control Panel from Citrix, mark your calendar and register for the upcoming webinar series.

Controlling the Cloud—Introducing the Cortex Cloud Control Panel from Citrix
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Cortex Cloud Control Panel from Citrix—Hosting Exchange, SharePoint and other Microsoft Applications
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Cortex Cloud Control Panel from Citrix – Hosting Virtual Servers with Hyper-V
Thursday, April 14, 2011 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT