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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.

Published Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:46 PM by David Marshall
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