Today, in partnership with Nutanix, Citrix announced the availability of Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud as the industry’s first Citrix Ready Workspace Appliance. This makes it faster and easier to deliver secure digital workspaces in today’s hybrid cloud world.

The Citrix Ready Workspace Appliance program was designed with one thing in mind: you – our customers. You told us that the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service would radically simplify and enhance your ability to deliver high-performance virtual applications and desktops.

Your journey to the cloud is starting with hybrid cloud deployments, and you value how the XenApp and XenDesktop Service is designed to optimize the delivery of applications and desktops safely hosted within your on-premises datacenter. And, you are eager to harness the performance, simplicity and scalability benefits of hosting your applications and desktops on a hyperconverged infrastructure solution in your on-premises datacenter. Sound familiar?

It was conversations like this that compelled Citrix and Nutanix to partner together to create a tightly integrated hybrid cloud solution, Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud as a Citrix Workspace Appliance, to accelerate the design and delivery of on-premises applications and desktops for companies like yours.

“We’re excited about the continued push towards a more elegant yet simpler customer experience – redefining the EUC space working jointly with Citrix. With InstantOn for Citrix Cloud, a 1-click Prism integration to Citrix Cloud greatly simplifies the provisioning of a hybrid VDI solution that lowers OpEx and provides the best performance, all on an extremely scalable and resilient infrastructure of on-premises Nutanix clusters – while eliminating expensive hypervisor costs”Raghu Nandan, Sr. Director Product Management

The Citrix mission is to provide secure digital workspaces to meet the growing demands of the modern workplace. At Citrix, we believe in hybrid cloud solutions that feature one-click deployment of the XenApp and XenDesktop Service to on-premises Nutanix clusters running Citrix XenServer or Nutanix AHV. These solutions make it faster and easier to deliver a secure digital workspace to any user worldwide.

Simple. Scalable. Secure.

The Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Service simplifies the delivery of applications and desktops as a centrally managed cloud service, allowing you to shift focus from managing the infrastructure to delivering the solution. Citrix hosts the XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure components that would typically be installed in your on-premises datacenter.

By delivering XenApp and XenDesktop as a cloud service, you get instant access to the latest functionality while alleviating the cycle of ongoing maintenance. Using the cloud service allows you to focus on the business applications and desktops that keep your business up and running. Only Citrix gives you the flexibility to deploy your XenApp and XenDesktop workloads to any cloud — public, private or hybrid — creating a truly flexible digital workspace solution.

Nutanix integrates the compute, storage, and virtualization resources into a single solution thereby eliminating the traditional IT silos that were complex to manage and expensive to scale. Nutanix hyperconverged software is built to offer simple, scalable Desktop, App and Server Virtualization that can all run on the same Nutanix cluster. By eliminating separate silos, you can put control back in your hands, increase resource utilization, and support more applications with less infrastructure. Deploy the appropriate amount of storage, virtualization and networking resources needed today and scale as the business grows.

In order to be eligible as a Citrix Workspace Appliance, Nutanix worked directly with Citrix to automate the provisioning and integration of the entire Citrix stack from cloud service to on-premises applications and desktops.

Nutanix Prism automatically provisions Citrix Cloud Connectors VMs — instantly connecting your on-premises hyperconverged solution to the XenApp and XenDesktop Service — and registers your Nutanix appliance as a XenApp and XenDesktop Service Resource Location — recognizing the virtual applications and desktops hosted on the Nutanix appliance. Best of all, Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud can use both Citrix XenServer or Nutanix AHV hypervisors, saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars of licensing fees typically associated with expensive hypervisors like VMware vSphere.

Citrix XenServer integration with XenApp and XenDesktop Services gives you a unified Citrix software solution on your Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud appliance. With XenServer, you can dramatically improve the performance of virtual applications and desktops through our PVS-Accelerator and MCS-Accelerator — proven to accelerate desktop boot-up, reduce CPU load, and lower network bandwidth consumption.

You can also strengthen IT security with our industry-first Hypervisor Introspection (HVI) technology proven to prevent malicious attacks the instant they attempt to infect your systems. XenServer also enhances the overall user experience with the broadest range of graphics card support and Windows Continuum experience available on any device.

Citrix Ready Verified Solution

Citrix and Nutanix have taken “simple” to a new level with Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud. Anytime a new solution is released it is reasonable to ask, “How proven is this integrated technology?”

Well, Citrix and Nutanix have taken that guesswork out of Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud by making the solution a Citrix Ready verified solution. As a Citrix Ready solution, Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud is verified across a broad range of Citrix technologies including Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service, and XenServer. Nutanix has also established Citrix Ready verification with Citrix ShareFile for enterprise file sync and sharing as well as Citrix NetScaler for advanced networking security and performance.

As an official Citrix Ready Workspace Appliance, Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud is a turnkey digital workspace solution.