You’ve probably read our announcement of CloudPortal Services Manager, the new name for Cortex Control Panel. CloudPortal Services Manager v10 is coming towards the end of this year and in this blog I will do a click down on the new features and platform changes. The key goals in this release are

  1. Simplified install and setup – A major release goal was to simplify install and setup. We sell CloudPortal Services Manager through our Citrix Service Provider (CSP) channel and know we’ll see a large number of CSPs adopt Services Manager. Hence simplifying install without requiring direct Citrix support is crucial. We implemented a wizard-driven, role-based UI, perform all pre-requisite checks to avoid nasty install surprises, ensure smart defaults where possible, provide an unattended installation option, and created a clear separation between install and system configuration
  2. SDK enhancements – A key value of Services Manager is the ability to easily add any new service using the SDK. Service Providers have already added more than 140 new services to Services Manger based on their business needs and we aimed to improve their SDK experience by making it even faster and easier to add a new service. To that extent, we made these changes to the SDK
    • Simplified the Services page to only handle plan administration, property configuration and enablement. This ensures a fast service set up for the administrator who is creating the new service
    • Created a new service schema page that handles adding new services which is typically done by a developer. This page is focused on service definition (name and properties that go with the server and service components)
    • Enhance the usability of controls to ease the flow of service creation
  3. Performance enhancements (e.g. enhancing how we handle property value structure) for large CloudPortal Services Manager deployments
  4. Service isolation – This feature will enable customers to consume new/upgraded services without upgrading the entire CloudPortal Services Manager deployment. And it enables us to release new services much faster
  5. Citrix eDocs – Most of you are probably familiar with Citrix eDocs (if not, you’ve got to check it out!) and we are enhancing Services Manager documentation by releasing it in eDocs (updated and refreshed content with task-based flow and layout)
  6. Support for Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP2 and Lync Hosting Pack – We will be supporting Exchange 2010 SP2 including the new address book policies which are used to segment tenants’ directories from each other in a shared Exchange environment. And last but not the least, we will be supporting Lync Hosting Pack reflecting the current functionality we support with Microsoft Office Communicator