Citrix announces Q1 2014 earnings

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On April 23, Citrix announced its financial results for first quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended March 31, 2014.

Citrix announced a total revenue of $751 million, for an increase of 12% compared to Q1 2013

Net income registered a slight decrease with $56 million compared to $60 million of Q1 2013 while Non-GAAP results raised from $117 million for Q1 2013 to $119 million for Q1 2014.

Mark Templeton, CEO for Citrix said:

Our customers are looking for ways to embrace mobility, the cloud, IT consumerization and BYOD. Those needs are right in our sweet spot. As a leading provider in infrastructure and cloud services, we are uniquely positioned to help our customers deliver secure, managed, mobile workspaces.

David Henshall, CFO and COO for Citrix, declared:

I’m pleased with our performance in Q1, and the strong start to the year, we saw growth in all our geographic markets, while delivering record cash flow from operations. Our results were driven by balanced growth across all three of our primary businesses: mobile and desktop, cloud networking, and SaaS.

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Citrix announces availability of XenApp 7.5

Citrix announced the availability of XenApp 7.5, a Windows app delivery solution that delivers apps as a secure mobile service to any device over any network, eliminating the cost and complexity of traditional app management.

XenApp 7.5 app delivery technology is available as a stand-alone product or as a feature of XenDesktop 7.5 app and desktop delivery solution. The new XenApp 7.5 is built on the same FlexCast Management Architecture used in Citrix XenDesktop 7.5, making it easy for IT to manage apps and desktops from an integrated architecture that can easily be deployed both in the cloud and on-premises.

With XenApp, IT can mobilize the workforce while reducing costs through centralized control and enhanced security by providing high performance anywhere access from any device. Only Citrix brings you the power to deliver apps and desktops to a wide range of use cases, empowering the workforce to safely and securely stay productive from anywhere.

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What’s New in XenApp 7.5
New Citrix XenApp 7.5 makes it simple to deliver any Windows app to an increasingly mobile workforce, while leveraging the cost saving and elasticity of hybrid clouds and the security of mobile device management.

5 reasons to move up to XenApp 7.5

New XenApp, simplified and more powerful than ever

Citrix XenApp 7.5 is built on the new FlexCast management architecture that dramatically reduces the costs and complexity of virtualizing five generations of Windows apps and delivering them to users on any mobile, desktop or thin client device.

What is XenApp?

Ease Migration, deployment and streamline operations

  • Reduce the cost and disruption of application migration by hosting 5 generations of Windows apps from the same infrastructure.
  • Speed the time to deploy corporate applications to mobile devices by securely hosting and then optimizing existing applications to be used by tablets and smartphones by taking advantage of new HDX mobile technology.
Citrix HDX Mobile Technology (1:20)
  • The full power of AppDNA is now included with XenApp – AppDNA reduces the time to virtualize apps for mobile delivery by automating the labor required to test and remediate applications by up to 90%, saving thousands of person- hours during application migrations and on-going lifecycle management.
Accelerate application migration projects
  • Streamline IT operations by offering one console with scope and role delegated administration for configuration and deployment tasks built 100% on powershell for easy workflow scripting.
  • EdgeSight user experience monitoring built-in to Director and integrated with NetScaler HDX Insights ensuring critical performance data capture without putting additional load on the network.
Management and Monitoring with Director & EdgeSite

Flex, grow, transform your virtual app and desktop infrastructure

Enable enterprise IT to flex, grow, or transform their virtual app and desktop infrastructure without additional capex by leveraging the elasticity and economics of the world’s biggest and most powerful clouds.

  • Provisioning to cloud infrastructure – Only XenDesktop can provision application or desktop workloads to private or public cloud infrastructure alongside a traditional virtual infrastructure deployment.
  • Any cloud – Support through Amazon Web Services or any Citrix Cloud Platform-based public cloud or a private cloud built with Citrix Cloud Platform. Support through Windows Azure will be available in the future.
Hybrid cloud provisioning with XenApp and XenDesktop

Mobility Promotion

Citrix is offering a limited time promotion offering free XenMobile MDM edition or 20% off of XenMobile Enterprise edition. Mobile Device Management is a technology that every organization should extend to their employees to ensure the full connectedness and potential of mobile devices without the risk of compromised networks or data loss.

Understanding Enterprise MDM
Learn more about the Citrix Mobility Promotion

Extended Web Interface support

Web Interface support is extended for XenDesktop 7.5 allowing IT to maintain their existing Web Interface investment throughout the migration to the new FlexCast management architecture.

Connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

With the new Citrix Connector for XenApp you can maximize your System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and 2012 R2 investments to reduce management costs. Use the connector to deploy applications across your Citrix environment, publish applications to all devices and take full advantage of Citrix image management features.

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New – Citrix XenApp 7.5 and Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 Visio Stencils!

One of the most common things every design document has is a conceptual diagram showing how the entire solution fits together. Citrix XenApp 7.5 and Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 is no different.
If you looked at the XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7.5 blueprint blog, you would have seen a new conceptual diagram based on the Citrix 5-layer model (Users, Access, Resources, Control and Hardware).

The good news is that I’ve put all of these images into a new Microsoft Visio stencil. But it gets better!!!

Daniel Feller – Lead Architect receives a lot of emails from Citrix architects and admins who want the Visio diagram in addition to the stencil. Daniel end up sending these out because it saves many of you a lot of time so you don’t have to recreate the wheel (I mean diagram). So Daniel started to think about how I can make the diagram available to everyone as well. Eureka!

Simply make the diagram into a stencil!!! So simple and it works

So when you download the Visio stencil, the first two items will be the Conceptual and Detailed Architecture diagrams.

Get your hands on the new stencils:

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IBM Redbook: Implementing Citrix XenDesktop on IBM Flex System

IBM have released one of their Redbooks titled: “Implementing Citrix XenDesktop on IBM
Flex System”.

The Redbook contains 432 pages covers IBM’s SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure, a solution
of running the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product from Citrix using the VMware
vSphere virtualization platform running on top of IBM Flex Systems. The document provides
an overview of the solution, including planning and deployment considerations including
step-by-step instructions on how to build the solution.

Link to the Redbook page

YouTube about the Redbook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBfifzCwRZE#t=106

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Abstract

The IBM® SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offers robust, cost-effective, and manageable virtual desktop solutions for a wide range of clients,
user types, and industry segments. These solutions help to increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify
security and compliance. Based on a reference architecture approach, this infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor
platforms.

The SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution with Citrix XenDesktop running on IBM Flex System™ offers tailored solutions for every business,
from the affordable all-in-one Citrix VDI-in-a-Box for simple IT organizations to the enterprise-wide Citrix XenDesktop. XenDesktop is a comprehensive
desktop virtualization solution with multiple delivery models that is optimized for flexibility and cost-efficiency.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides an overview of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution, which is based on Citrix XenDesktop
running on IBM Flex System. It highlights key components, architecture, and benefits of this solution. It also provides planning and deployment
considerations, and step-by-step instructions about how to perform specific tasks.

This book is intended for IT professionals who are involved in the planning, design, deployment, and management of the IBM SmartCloud® Desktop
Infrastructure built on IBM Flex System running Citrix XenDesktop.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure overview
Chapter 2. IBM Flex System components for the virtual desktop infrastructure
Chapter 3. VMware vSphere design considerations
Chapter 4. Citrix XenDesktop design basics
Chapter 5. IBM Flex System and Citrix XenDesktop lab environment
Chapter 6. Deploying IBM Flex System
Chapter 7. Deploying Citrix XenDesktop
Chapter 8. Operating Citrix XenDesktop