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Underneath Some of the Mobility Announcements from Citrix Synergy

Citrix Receiver now has a Secure Container

Citrix announced a number of new solutions at Synergy that should be worth investigating for any company developing a mobilty strategy. One of the more significant products is Cloud Gateway 2.0. Traditionally Citrix has been viewed as an option for delivering windows apps or virtual desktops to devices that have the Receiver app installed, however this has left a big gap for companies that want to provide web apps, HTML5 or native mobile apps. Most companies have turned to MDM or MAM solutions as a way to secure and deliver these type of apps.

With Cloud Gateway 2.0 Citrix has included an embedded browser in Receiver and app store capabilities that allow secure delivery and installation of wrapped iOS and Android apps. The webkit based browser is targeted at access for single applications or isolated internal resources behind the firewall. Administrators can simply publish URLs for designated users to have the apps made available utilizing the Gateway for authentication.

For corporate developed iOS or Android apps no SDK or additional development is required. Apps are SSL wrapped including the policies that allow an admin to remotely lock or wipe data if an employee leaves or loses a device. Beyond corporate developed apps Citrix is working with ISVs to provide validated apps that can be secured and delivered with Cloud Gateway.

In addition the Citrix Receiver app has now been enhanced to include secure document storage and sync with ShareFile the Citrix file sharing service.

What this all means is that the Citrix Receiver is now a secure container that works with iOS and Android and provides IT the ability to secure and deliver any app along with data sync and allowing offline capability if allowed by IT. This is a huge step in capability for Citrix that could help organizations solve issues like BYOD and mobilization.

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Chris Fleck is Vice President of Emerging Solutions at Citrix Systems. Chris started his career at IBM working across multiple engineering and product organizations leading to Business Unit Exec of the IBM Industrial Computer Group. As a pioneer of new technologies, Chris founded an IBM spin-off to commercialize the initial Server Blade products as CEO of OmniCluster Technologies. At Citrix Chris is responsible for Emerging Solutions and is involved with or leading strategic initiatives at the company. You can follow him on Twitter and his blog at