At Citrix Summit 2017, we announced a new initiative for our HCI platform partners called the Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program. It provided a roadmap for these partners to develop automated integrations with Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service that would help our reseller partners give customers what they truly wanted—a solution that could deploy turnkey hybrid cloud VDI in a matter of hours, by any IT generalist. These turnkey solutions seamlessly and easily connect to Citrix Cloud to start the deployment of the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service, while placing the customer’s apps and data on their HCI infrastructure on-prem.

It’s hybrid cloud VDI because the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service is delivered as-a-service via Citrix Cloud, while customer enjoy the benefit of keeping their apps and data where they can see them, on prem. It is simple to deploy, scalable, secure and most importantly, customers can leverage the value of VDI more easily and faster than ever before. We call these turnkey HCI solutions, Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliances, and they are part of our hybrid, multi-cloud strategy for Citrix Cloud. These Workspace Appliances essentially come Citrix Cloud-ready out of the box.

A few weeks ago, Nutanix announced the release of the very first Citrix Workspace Appliance called Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud. Not only does it provide all the benefits that comes with simple, scalable hybrid VDI, but it also saves customers money on expensive hypervisor costs with the free choice of Citrix XenServer or Nutanix AHV.

If you are one of the many Citrix partners attending Summit in Anaheim, California on January 8-9, 2018, be sure to check out Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud at their booth in the exhibit hall, as well as during breakout session SPON001, Monday at 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Level 3, 303A.

If you are a partner of Lenovo, a Nutanix OEM partner, you, too, will be able to offer a similar solution based on the Lenovo HX platform. More on that during my Summit Breakout session, SELL124, “Solution Selling with Citrix Cloud and Citrix Workspace Appliance”, Tuesday at 1:30 pm in Anaheim Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom A.

Our reseller partners who are looking to make Citrix Cloud part of their 2018 strategy— and they should 🙂 —will want to check out Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliances at Summit 2018and see how they can make delivering hybrid cloud VDI solutions simple for you and your customers.

Check out these additional resources:

Nutanix Blog: Nutanix and Citrix Pave Way for Hybrid Cloud VDI with Nutanix InstantON For Citrix Cloud

Citrix Blog: Citrix Ready Workspace Appliance Now Available with Nutanix InstantOn for Citrix Cloud

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