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July 2014, Volume 3, Issue 7

Citrix Workspace Services negates VDI vs. DaaS dilemma

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton is known for making a Steve Jobs-style “one more thing” announcement at his annual Synergy keynote. This year's conference, which took place in Los Angeles in May, was no different -- Templeton announced and demoed Citrix Workspace Services (or CWS) at the end of his keynote. Unfortunately, the CWS announcement came after the audience members had been in their seats for well over two hours. At the moment of the reveal, most people were more preoccupied with whether it would be rude to get up and go to the bathroom than with the actual announcement. So I want to address it head-on: Workspace Services is a big, big deal. It is the single biggest change to Citrix's desktop products since the WinFrame days of the 1990s, and it absolutely represents the future of XenApp and XenDesktop. Why Workspace Services deserves some hype Put simply, Workspace Services is about taking all of the management consoles for Citrix's various products and moving them up to the cloud -- Azure, in this case. Then you can log in ...

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