Last week at Citrix Synergy™, we announced a wide range of product, partner, and service announcements, including the announcement of Citrix Workspace Services.  Workspace Services is a cloud-based platform that enables partners, enterprises and independent software vendors (ISVs) to quickly and simply design and deliver mobile workspaces on the cloud infrastructure of their choice (e.g. public, private, hosted or in their own data center).

The response from partners, customers and press was overwhelmingly positive, with real excitement around how Workspace Services will accelerate our partners’ ability to build DaaS, App, and Mobility Services in the cloud, and accelerate our customers’ ability to build their business-ready mobile workspaces in new ways, leveraging the cloud of their choice – public or private.

Workspace Services is bigger than just desktops – it’s also the apps, data, and mobile services people need; it’s the delivery, monitoring, and insights administrators and service providers need.  And it’s the platform that our partners and customers need to take the basic building blocks of a mobile workspace, and truly make it business-ready – aggregating the applications and data into a subscriber’s desktop, applying corporate policies and standards, and understanding specific needs of an industry.

And this week, there was another big announcement.  With Microsoft’s preview of Azure RemoteApp, we’re excited to have a new service to integrate with Citrix Workspace Services.  Citrix is leveraging many of Microsoft investments in Azure, Remote Desktop Services, RemoteApp, System Center and more to enable us to deliver Citrix Workspace Services.  Befitting our long-standing relationship with Microsoft, we’re collaborating for Workspace Services to build on the new Azure RemoteApp capabilities.

Our industry is entering a new era of designing, building and delivering services from the cloud, and we are focused on ensuring that our partners and customers are able to aggregate the very best services to help people to work better and increase business productivity, agility and efficiency.