Web & SaaS apps are eating the world

As Marc Andreessen famously observed in Why Software is Eating the World, software is clearly doing just that through web and SaaS apps. In fact, according to several recent studies they now account for more than half of the apps consumed today. Maybe your organization uses more, maybe it uses less – but I bet I could name just 5 SaaS apps and I’d be shocked if a single reader said that their company was not using at least one of them.

Don’t believe me? Tell me you don’t use at least one of the following!

  • Salesforce
  • Google Apps
  • Office 365
  • Workday
  • WordPress

Web browsers are the #1 published app from XenApp

Given what I just said about web and SaaS apps eating the world, this would make sense. However, this is not a recent phenomenon. Browsers, despite their ascendance have historically been one of the most vulnerable pieces of software on any endpoint. The security concerns with browsers are legendary and involve complex settings, third-party plugins, active content, Flash, Java and other components that must be kept under strict control.

Browser security issues are not the only reason customers use XenApp to deliver web applications. They also do it because:

  • Multiple browser plug-ins and technologies cause admin headaches
  • Delivering legacy IE specific apps to modern browsers is a challenge
  • Browsers require relentless updates
  • VPNs are cumbersome and flaky
  • Endpoint protection is expensive and intrusive
  • Network access control frustrate users
  • Data loss prevention implementations rarely work

XenApp Secure Browser – A Streamlined, Single Point Solution

It’s great to always have a Swiss army knife by your side, because its flexibility allows you to adapt to almost any situation. However, sometimes you just need a Philips head screw-driver and want to get directly to the point. And that is what XenApp Secure Browser is – a solution that addresses a common, yet specific, challenge built on the latest version of the market-leading app virtualization platform – XenApp 7.8, but streamlined to quickly deliver time to value with:

  • Simplified Administration
  • Transparent Secure Remote Access

Simplified Administration

Deploy a new secure web app in 3 simple steps

  1. DEFINE – Publish the web app and define the URL users should access.

BAS Edit WebApp

*Note that is the Workspace Cloud Secure Browser service interface. XenApp customers will publish web apps through Studio.

  1. TEST – Launch and test the behavior of the web app on the browser.
  2. DISTRIBUTE – End users can launch the URL and open the published web app from their browser.

Transparent Secure Remote Access

XenApp has had the capability to allow end users access to their remote sessions via a URL and automatically launching Receiver for HTML5. XenApp Secure Browser just simplifies this process and opens a browser within a browser, as seen in this figure.


The end user clicks on the pre-defined URL which automatically opened in her local Safari browser on her MacBook. Then a new XenApp session was created and presented the virtual Chrome browser running in the cloud or datacenter with the pre-defined URL (in this case login.salesforce.com) already loaded. And other than the Receiver for HTML5 menu bar, it is completely transparent to the end user.

This is a win-win for IT and end users as it provides:

  • Zero endpoint configuration
  • VPN-less end user experience
  • Centralized control over plug-ins
  • BYOD access from any modern web browser

Available On-premise or fully hosted in the cloud

Existing XenApp and XenDesktop customers with active software maintenance or software assurance (except for XenDesktop VDI) can take advantage of the new Secure Browser Deployment Kit available today! This kit includes both the Lifecycle Management XenApp Secure Browser blueprint and a do-it-yourself deployment guide that will streamline new XenApp deployments for publishing web apps with 1-click Receiver for HTML5 access.

For new customers who only want to take advantage of XenApp’s secure web application delivery, Citrix will introduce a brand new XenApp Secure Browser edition later in Q1 2016. It will be deployed to the customer’s resource location of choice via the same Secure Browser Deployment Kit existing customers can leverage today.

And finally, Citrix is also announcing that Workspace Cloud Secure Browser (formerly known as Browser Apps service) has graduated from Workspace Cloud Labs and will be available to purchase before the end of Q1. This will be a fully hosted service from Citrix allowing customers to deliver secure web applications in minutes. Sign up for your free Workspace Cloud account today and try it yourself for free for 30 days!

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