Citrix Workspace Cloud

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Contributor(s): Eddie Lockhart

Citrix Workspace Cloud is a cloud-based workspace management platform for IT administrators to design, deliver and manage virtual desktops and applications, mobile workspaces and file sharing tools on any device.

Administrators can use Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC) to deploy and manage workloads from a public cloud, private cloud, on-premises hardware or a combination of all three. The platform also enables desktops as a service, XenDesktop, XenMobile, ShareFile and more, providing centralized management for these services.

To deliver resources to users, administrators simply click on the service they want to send, and the user receives a link which takes them to Citrix StoreFront,  an enterprise app store delivery system where users can see all the resources they are allowed to use, including email or third-party apps.

CWC offers three different service packages. The Virtual Desktops package gives administrators the power to send Windows or Linux desktops to any device. It also comes with file sync-and-share services. The next package, Virtual Apps and Desktops, gives administrators more flexibility to design, edit, secure, monitor and deploy apps and desktops to their users. The Integrated Apps and Data package combines everything from the first two packages and adds mobile device app management and productivity apps.

CWC also has a lifecycle management feature that administrators can use to take complete control of each workspace from design to deployment. Products similar to CWC include IndependenceIT's Cloud Workspace Suite and VMware Project Enzo.

This was last updated in November 2015

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