Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud announced at Citrix Synergy 2019

Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud

Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud announced at Citrix Synergy 2019. Citrix and Google Cloud will deliver an elegant digital work experience for our customers.

David Henshall, Citrix’s President and CEO, along with Rob Enslin, President of Global Customer Operations at Google Cloud, talked about their expanded partnership during the Day 1 keynote. This would not have happened unless Citrix and Google had something special to share with their customers.

The Citrix and Google partnership started eight years ago, and you heard from them last year at Synergy that their partnership had become even more relevant for their customers who are transforming their business and leveraging the cloud.

Building on that momentum, Citrix and Google are now announcing Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud, which will enable the future of work to deliver an amazing application experience and increase employee productivity. With the expansion of our partnership, Citrix and Google Cloud will deliver an elegant digital work experience for our customers.

Machine Creation Service (MCS) Automated Provisioning for Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
Using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops MCS for GCP, IT will be able to provision Windows-based Citrix workloads on Google Cloud at scale and enable image lifecycle management for a modern digital work environment, cost effectively. This automated provisioning for Google Cloud Platform is available on demand today and will be rolled out to all customers in the third quarter of 2019.

Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud

  • Unified and Secured Digital Workspace: Citrix Workspace empowers IT to deliver GCP-hosted apps, desktops and data to modernize the user experience and provide unified access to files and apps (i.e. G Suite/SaaS/Virtual/Mobile/Windows), across Google devices and operating systems (e.g. Chrome Enterprise and Android Enterprise).
  • Added Intelligence: Citrix Workspace’s integration of intelligent capabilities to Google G Suite will enable companies to automatically notify employees of important events from their Google calendars through personalized feeds within Citrix Workspace and create a simple, intelligent experience. This helps reduce the frustration that comes with constantly switching apps and searching for information, while also boosting employee engagement and productivity. Capabilities like this are made possible through microservices and the integration of Citrix Workspace with Google Calendar and Google Directory. 
  • Google Identity (ID) for Citrix Workspace: Planned interoperability with Google ID will allow for the seamless authentication of users to Citrix Workspace to ensure they work in a secure manner. Limited availability for this feature is targeted for end of year.

Linux Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) support for GCP
Linux virtual desktops and applications from Citrix will be supported to run on GCP in Q2. This extends our Workspace for GCP further by offering a digital workspace for the larger Google developer community.

Citrix SD-WAN and ADC for GCP
Companies can leverage the powerful combination of Citrix ADC and SD-WAN to optimize and secure connectivity when transporting applications from GCP or connecting users to resources for an always-on infrastructure, even in hybrid-cloud environments. Citrix ADC CPX for GCP is now  available on the Google Cloud Marketplace and can also act as an ingress controller for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Citrix ADC VPX for GCP is available now and the high availability feature is coming later this year. Citrix SD-WAN for GCP will GA in Q2! Both Citrix VPX and SD-WAN will be available in the Google Cloud Marketplace, as well. Check out everything we announced about Citrix Networking at Google Cloud Next last month.

Citrix Endpoint Management (CEM)
Citrix Endpoint Management (CEM) supports Chrome OS management via Chrome Enterprise APIs, and device, user, and kiosk policies are now supported, as well! CEM also supports Android Enterprise Fully Managed, Work Profile, and Kiosk modes. Citrix is an approved EMM partner for both Chrome Enterprise and Android Enterprise.

Citrix Secure Mail for Chromebooks
Citrix is working on Secure Mail for Chromebooks integrated with Citrix Workspace and bringing advanced security and containment capabilities for mail on Chrome devices.

Enterprise-Grade VDI

Using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Machine Creation Service (MCS), IT will be able to quickly and efficiently provision Windows-based Citrix workloads at scale and create a modern digital work environment in which employees can access all of the tools they need to collaborate and perform at their best. Automated provisioning for Google Cloud Platform is available on demand today and will be rolled out to all customers in the third quarter of 2019.  Linux virtual desktops from Citrix will soon be supported on GCP as well.

Highly Reliable Application Delivery

Keeping users engaged and productive requires organizations to ensure an always-on infrastructure. This can be a challenge in hybrid cloud environments, but with Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud, companies can leverage the powerful combination of Citrix ADC and Citrix SD-WAN to optimize and secure connectivity when transporting applications from GCP or connecting users to those resources.

Neste: Innovation with Google Cloud and Citrix

To really bring clarity to the value that Citrix and Google Cloud offer our customers, check out our most recent customer case study. The whole reason our partnership exists is to drive business outcomes for our joint customers, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Neste Corporation, the world’s largest producer of renewable energy, to do just that.

Read the Neste case study to see how they are innovating with a Google Cloud and Citrix-based cloud-first strategy to achieve a unified and more productive user experience, higher IT efficiency, and innovative IT for sustainability.

“With the Citrix and Google Cloud solution, we can create a unified work experience,” said Mari Wasström, IT Solutions Service Management Lead, Neste Oyj. “That has a tremendous effect on efficiency and employee satisfaction. Instead of a solution based in Finland, we now have a global concept that we can deploy to our sites worldwide giving users a fast and secure application user experience from the cloud.”