Welcome to our first monthly “What’s New in Citrix Workspace” blog of 2018. This “What’s New” blog series gives you—our customers, partners, analysts, and industry leaders—a taste of the latest innovations from Citrix Workspace: XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, and XenServer.

We kicked off the New Year with Citrix Summit 2018 – an energy-filled event with thousands of partners in attendance featuring demos, breakout sessions, and announcements – sharing our vision for 2018 and providing you, our partners with the resources to help in your journey to Citrix Cloud. This month, we are highlighting the Citrix App Layering and XenMobile launches, as well as several exciting new announcements with our technology partners.

Industry-leading layering technology keeps getting better: It has now been a full year since Citrix acquired Unidesk in January 2017. In that time, the response from you, our customers and partners, on Citrix App Layering has been overwhelming positive, helping organizations of all sizes to realize improved application and OS lifecycle efficiency. In App Layering v4.8, the latest release, two new notable enhancements include the Office 365 User Layer and the ability to export and import layers. With Office 365 User Layers, admins can solve the challenge of persisting Microsoft Outlook cache for non-persistent VDI desktops. A special type of User Layer is created and merged in along with a profile manager application to control the appropriate file locations. Exporting and importing of layers was one of your common customer requests and we delivered. This allows exporting layers from one App Layering appliance (e.g. specific site, QA, etc.) and importing them to another appliance (e.g. different site, prod, etc.). For more information on what’s new in this release, check out our recent article.

A better mobile and desktop experience with XenMobile: Citrix recently released XenMobile 10.7.2, which gives users a great mobile and desktop experience. By extending our partnership with Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience), mobile users not only benefit from a full Windows desktop experience using their Samsung Galaxy S8s, but also, they also get a better experience with Secure Mail. Check out our recent blog post on the XenMobile 10.7.2 release to learn more.

Flexxible IT extends its commitment to the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop strategy: Flexxible IT showcased its Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance, Flexxible|SmartWorkspaces for Citrix Cloud, earlier this month at Citrix Summit. It automates the integration of the on-premises appliance with Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service and includes support for XenServer. This enables you to save money on expensive hypervisor costs. This new solution includes multi-tenant and multi-environment cloud console management, automated deployment and simple scaling while providing an innovative way to manage and monitor enterprise cloud infrastructure through a single pane of glass. Learn more about how Flexxible SmartWorkspaces for Citrix Cloud can deliver a storage agnostic and affordable hyper-converged Infrastructure for your Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service deployments.

StorMagic delivers a cost-effective HCI Appliance to accelerate customers to Citrix Cloud: StorMagic debuted a Tech Preview of their Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance solution at Citrix Summit. The solution from StorMagic enables you to quickly build pre-configured Citrix Workspace Appliances on your server vendor of choice. You can now deploy a simple hyper-converged solution from as little as two nodes, on any x86 server without any single-point of failure. Given the automatic integration with the Citrix Cloud Connectors, the StorMagic Citrix Workspace Appliance gives you a simpler, more cost-effective way to spin up server and desktop resources from the XenApp and XenDesktop Service to on-premises resource locations. To learn more, check out the StorMagic and Citrix Workspace Appliance solution brief.

Cisco Hyperflex 3.0 enables choice with added support for Microsoft Hyper-V: This month, Cisco announced its new HyperFlex Multicloud Platform. The HyperFlex Multicloud Platform is built on the 3.0 innovations of the HyperFlex Data Platform software, introducing Hyper-V support, increased compute and storage node cluster scale with logical availability zones, and Flex Clusters stretch clusters. This allows HyperFlex to be operated across data center locations. Hyperflex 3.0 is an ideal platform for virtual app and desktop (VDI) deployments because it simplifies infrastructure requirements while featuring enterprise and multi-cloud capabilities. Added Hyper-V support enables Citrix administrators to save money on expensive hypervisor costs from legacy vendors.

Improved high availability with vGPU XenMotion from XenServer and NVIDIA: As a leader in graphics-accelerated workspaces, Citrix, in conjunction with NVIDIA, was the first to release a Tech Preview of vGPU XenMotion this month with the XenServer 7.3 release. Live migration of virtual machines has been around for years; however, live migrating vGPU-enabled VMs has never been available from any hypervisor until now. With our ongoing partnership with NVIDIA and significant engineering effort, the Tech Preview of vGPU XenMotion for select Citrix customers is in full force – preparing for future general availability. Check out our recent Citrix Ready bundle with Citrix, NVIDIA, and Nutanix for delivering graphic-accelerated workspaces from the XenApp and XenDesktop Service to on-prem resource locations.

Extend the security of XenServer for your XenDesktop Windows 10 infrastructure with Bromium Secure Platform: XenServer 7.3 extends the security of your XenDesktop Windows 10 infrastructure with hardware-based isolation of users’ application and tasks to protect against malware and zero-day attacks with Bromium Secure Platform. Bromium is the first vendor to use virtualization-based security with micro-VM technology to completely isolate the application or task to ensure that any malicious behavior within the micro-VM cannot impact the host or VDI environment. Check out this data sheet for more info on the Bromium Secure Platform solution.

Citrix issued a security bulletin on Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities: Security is a top priority for Citrix Workspace solutions. Given the recent announcement regarding security vulnerability from CPU manufacturers that could allow unprivileged code to read privileged memory locations, Citrix has been actively analyzing the potential impact of these issues across Citrix Workspace solutions. We issued a Security Bulletin that provides information on how Citrix Workspace solutions have been affected. In addition, Citrix XenServer has also provided additional information and guidance in the Citrix XenServer Security Updates article. Citrix is working together with its technology partners to share information and collaborate on customer guidance. Citrix partner LoginVSI has provided joint customers with a free version of its performance testing tool to help you evaluate the impact on your environments. Citrix will continue to provide information and guidance as it becomes available. We encourage administrators to review the Citrix Security bulletin as it is being updated for more information when it becomes available.

That’s a wrap for January! We hope everyone is having a great new year so far. Check back next month for more updates on the latest innovations and product launches from Citrix. We are already counting down the days until Citrix Synergy 2018 this May in Anaheim, CA – make sure to save money by registering early.

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