Citrix Brings WAN Optimization to CloudBridge Appliances
The vendor's move will give businesses a single tool for access applications from the data center as well as from the cloud.Citrix Systems is giving businesses an offering that officials said will enable them to securely move applications and data files from either a centralized data center or the cloud to their users' virtual desktops. Citrix is combining the wide-area network (WAN) optimization capabilities in its Branch Repeater product with its CloudBridge offering, which connects businesses with cloud environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure and with data centers. The move will give users a single product that can do what had taken two solutions, according to Chalan Aras, vice president and general manager of Citrix's CloudBridge Product Group. "We exchanged complexity so we could make it simple for our customers," Aras told eWEEK. The new CloudBridge products, announced May 7 at the 2013 Interop show in Las Vegas, is in response to the ongoing transition from the PC era to the cloud era, he said. Enterprises are increasingly moving applications and data from remote locations like PCs to centralized data centers or the cloud, with users accessing them from virtual desktops on a growing array of devices.
The expanded CloudBridge products, which can be deployed as either standalone physical or virtual appliances, enable businesses to use a single solution to securely access the data, whether it's housed in a data center or the cloud. Such capabilities not only offer continued security but also help drive down WAN optimization costs, Citrix officials said.