As we kick off the week here at Synergy 2015 in Orlando, I’m honored to be hosting our strategic partners as sponsors and key participants at our annual customer event. While we have many new and exciting things with our partners to share this week, one major activity to highlight is the expansion of our partner ecosystem for Citrix WorkspacePod.

In January, we announced Citrix WorkspacePod, a fully integrated, pre-configured software stack for partner-certified hyper-converged and converged infrastructure that runs Citrix workloads with the best scale, efficiency and price performance. 

At that time, we had built some early POC’s with HP and DataON. Since then, we’ve added Cisco, Dell and IBM to the partner ecosystem for WorkspacePod. Each of our partners plans to build their own unique solutions for WorkspacePod that leverage their core technologies to provide the best scale, efficiency and price performance while addressing unique and/or specific use cases.  Once designed and built we will test and verify these solutions as Citrix Ready.

Cisco plans to expand our rich set of solutions with a WorkspacePod, complementing our existing portfolio of solutions for desktop and app virtualization (including Flexpod and Vblock solutions), cloud networking with NetScaler and ACI, and cloud services with our recently announced CVD for DaaS on Cisco infrastructure. Our solutions with Cisco are also expanding into smaller IT deployment offerings, addressing demand for cost-effective, easy to deploy converged solutions.  The 300, 500 and 800 seat UCS SmartStack with Citrix bundles are available now;  the UCS mini on FlexPod solution is in Tech Preview and will be available soon.

Dell plans to deliver a WorkspacePod solution targeted at their Mid-Market customers.  This solution will fit nicely between their new SMB appliance, to be announced at Synergy, and their high-end OEM appliance with Nutanix, which has been available since November.  Dell continues to innovate in the area of desktop and app virtualization by delivering simplicity and outstanding value to our joint customers.

HP started working with Citrix very early in the development phase of the WorkspacePod.  As a result, they announced the Citrix WorkspacePod powered by HP Moonshot back in January. This solution has complemented our existing Converged System solutions with HP including the CS700. We are continuing to work together to develop new architectures that will improve on the already compelling benefits of reduced cost and complexity.

The Citrix partnership with IBM, the value of which has grown three-fold since 2011, has been based on delivery of Citrix Mobile Virtualization technology through IBM’s Global Services organization to enterprise customers world-wide.  We’re looking forward to opening up a new area of collaboration with the introduction of Citrix WorkspacePod.

We’re very excited to be working with each of these market-leading strategic partners.  They are building the next-generation solutions to further simplify the deployment of Citrix Mobile Workspaces.  Please come and see each of these platinum sponsors on the show floor this week at Synergy: Cisco – Booth #202; Dell- Booth #201; IBM – Booth #204; and HP – Booth #203. 

For More information on our Strategic Alliances with these partners and their Citrix converged infrastructure solutions, please follow the links below: