Google and Citrix deepen cloud partnership

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Google and Citrix deepen cloud partnership

Citrix Systems and Google have expanded their existing partnership to facilitate delivery of Citrix environments from Google's cloud infrastructure and better integrate document collaboration and endpoint products.

The companies are working on enabling Citrix partners and customers to use Citrix Cloud, an emerging platform for launching hybrid Citrix environments, to deploy virtualised applications and desktops on Google Cloud Platform.

The vendors have already integrated Google Docs with Citrix ShareFile, introduced Citrix Netscaler to Google's application container toolkit, and extended Citrix Receiver client software to Google Chromebooks and Android devices.

Netscaler CPX, a version of Citrix's application delivery and load balancing solution geared for containers, is now available for Google Cloud, and the companies are aiming to bring it to the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace by the end of next quarter, according to a statement from Citrix.

"Our customers are asking Citrix and Google to work more closely together to deliver innovative solutions from the cloud to help them embrace the future of work," said Steve Blacklock, vice president of global strategic alliances at Citrix, in a statement.

Nan Boden, head of global technology partners for Google Cloud, wrote in a blog post that the deal stems from recognition that combined technologies are necessary for managing and delivering hosted desktop applications.

The company offers secure and reliable infrastructure, Boden said, but the Citrix portfolio adds application management, backup and redundancy capabilities.

"Customers often tell us they want to be able to use their current desktop applications from any device and any place just as easily and securely as they can use G Suite," Google's Boden said. "This collaboration helps address key challenges faced by enterprises moving to the cloud quickly and securely."

The Google deal comes the week after Citrix surprised its partner community by naming David Henshall, a veteran of the company, to replace Kirill Tatarinov as the company's CEO.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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