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Citrix Collaboration with Google Delivers New Receiver for Chrome and Advanced Features for Chromebook Users

The Citrix and Google collaboration continues to accelerate with new product releases, including Receiver for Chrome and a strong growth of new joint customers and channel partners.

Citrix and Google have been working together since 2011 to deliver business apps to the first Chromebooks. With Gartner now predicting Chromebooks will triple in sales by 2017, a rapidly growing number of customers will be looking for a way to leverage the enterprise cloud computing capabilities of the device and services, while still accessing critical line-of-business apps that they rely on today.

To offer customers the best end user experience in the industry, Citrix is announcing a new Citrix Receiver for Chrome, which offers Chromebook users the most advanced user experience features in the industry. Although HTML5-based solutions, such as Citrix Receiver for HTML5, will work on Chrome OS and offer browser-based access to virtual apps and desktops without any download or installation of client software, the receiver for Chrome provides direct integration to functionality specific to Chromebooks. These features include the ability to seamlessly integrate with Google Cloud Print, audio and video playback, assignment of a unique Receiver ID to each device for monitoring, seamless Clipboard integration across remote and local applications, end user experience monitoring with HDX Insight and direct SSL connections.

Solution provider partners who are trained to introduce and deploy Chromebooks combined with XenApp and XenDesktop are now operating in regions around the world, and sales momentum continues to grow across vertical markets. In June 2014, the partnership added new joint enterprise customers supporting enterprise workspaces that encompass more than 25,000 Chromebook users. In the past month, Google and Citrix sales teams have partnered with an additional 20 worldwide enterprise accounts that will begin to implement Chromebook deployments with XenApp and XenDesktop over the coming months.

One example is from Citrix-Google partner Fronde who is deploying the Fronde Cloud Workspace Solution that combines XenApp and XenDesktop from the cloud to provide enterprise applications to Chromebooks. Citrix technology is particularly valuable in providing a bridge to the cloud for traditional enterprise business applications that can be difficult to deploy from cloud environments.

Another example is Chapters Health System, a healthcare organization that has deployed Chromebooks combined with XenApp and Receiver to provide mobile nurses and caregivers with simple access to clinical and business software applications while they are onsite with patients. The combination of Chromebooks and Citrix technology provides caregivers with quick, easy access to the applications and tools they need, allowing them to devote more time to patients and less time to working with technology.

CIOs and IT managers benefit from the Citrix relationship with Google by gaining the ability to securely deliver desktops, apps and IT services over any network and from any cloud, including private, public or hybrid environments. And the collaboration between Citrix and Google will continue to evolve and grow as the relentless pace of mobile innovation continues.

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Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management, Chrome for Business and Education, Google

“Chromebooks continue to do well in business, whether customers are already fully in the cloud or they need a little help from our friends at Citrix. Many vertical industries like healthcare and finance have complex requirements around security and compliance, and all businesses need robust manageability, which is why Chromebooks appeal to a broad range of IT folks at Citrix customers like Woolworths and Chapters Health System.”

Chris Williams, Director of IT and Support Services, Chapters Health System

“At Chapters Health, our main priority is delivering superior patient care. Our investment in HP Chromebooks combined with XenApp and Citrix Receiver gives caregivers simple, secure access to the virtual clinical and business apps they need, when they need it. By keeping the technology simple and easy to use, we’re giving them the freedom to put patients first. This combination works for our employees and for our organization, which is why we are looking at additional deployments of Chrome with XenApp in the near future.”

James Valentine, CTO, Fronde

“Traditional enterprises are embracing the vision of delivering cloud-based mobile workspaces over Chromebooks or smart mobile devices. Yet at the same time, they have a range of existing business applications that can be difficult to deploy from the cloud. Citrix plays a vital role in addressing this issue, freeing customers to embrace Google enterprise solutions."

Calvin Hsu, Vice President, Product Marketing, Desktop and Apps, Citrix

“Citrix and Google are changing the way people work. In addition to the joint collaboration around XenApp and XenDesktop with Chromebooks, Citrix ShareFile features a personal cloud connector for accessing Google Drive files, Citrix GoToMeeting® Free is now available on Chrome, and Citrix Podio is integrated with Google Apps. Google and Citrix are committed to continued innovation across our product lines to bring best in class mobile workspaces to our customers.”

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Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leader in mobile workspaces, providing virtualization, mobility management, networking and cloud services to enable new ways to work better. Citrix solutions power business mobility through secure, personal workspaces that provide people with instant access to apps, desktops, data and communications on any device, over any network and cloud. This year Citrix is celebrating 25 years of innovation, making IT simpler and people more productive. With annual revenue in 2013 of $2.9 billion, Citrix solutions are in use at more than 330,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

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