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And Cisco was the name-o.

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And Cisco was the name-o.

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You know the rest…….Having fun? Nothing like technology nursery rhymes!  I am almost certain that 50% of you reading this will end up singing the new version to your kids.

It has been nearly two months since Cisco and Citrix announced this new go-to-market partnership. Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Strategy Officer- Cisco shared the vision at Citrix Synergy 2012 – Barcelona (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/6687)  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnUM8DIcUM4) providing (remember our friend above with the vision?) the new joint approach for customers of all sizes to build cloud ready infrastructures that enable mobile workstyles, empowers enterprises and service providers to deliver reliable, secure, cost effective cloud services. That’s a pretty big partnership in the making. I mean who would have thought Cisco, the giant in the networking space is about to embark in this so called Citrix world?

Some competitors have downplayed this partnership stating this to be a complete failure, but I completely disagree. You have to look at all the areas this partnership will touch and how this will evolve in the years to come.

Desktop Virtualization

Cisco VXI Smart Solution with Citrix XenDesktop incorporates the most cost-effective and scalable platform for desktop virtualization. Deployed on the UCS platform, which was built from the ground up to support virtualized environments, the solution delivers an uncompromised user experience for every user in the enterprise, helps IT organizations improve compliance with centralized and secured desktops and their associated operations, and better supports the lifeblood of business: people.

Cloud Networking

Cisco and Citrix intend to jointly integrate the Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) to seamlessly coexist with other Cisco network and security services, such as Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). The companies also intend to integrate Cisco Nexus 1000V with Citrix XenServer to enable enterprise and service provider customers to build clouds based in part on key open source technology. Cisco will continue to fully support existing customers of its Application Control Engine (ACE) product line and will recommend Citrix NetScaler as an alternative to customers who want to deploy a next-generation ADC. Welcome Cisco Customers

Cloud Orchestration

Cisco and Citrix intend to develop an integrated cloud solution for enterprise and service provider deployments based on the companies’ best-in-class portfolios. This will include the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco Nexus Series switching, and Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) components, as well as Citrix’s leading cloud orchestration solution — Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack. When developed, this integrated solution will help enterprise and service provider customers deliver highly efficient public, private and hybrid clouds.

 Mobile Workstyles

Cisco and Citrix intend to develop “mobile workstyle and BYOD” solutions that give mobile users a unified way to securely access business apps, data, voice and collaboration services from any device, anywhere. The joint solution, when developed, will link Cisco collaboration technology, including tighter integration of the Cisco Jabber client, with the Citrix Receiver self-service mobile access client and Citrix CloudGateway for enterprise mobility management. The joint solution will also include Citrix ShareFile for secure, cloud-based “follow-me data” services across any mix of user devices. To enable an optimized, monitored and managed rich-media experience for accessing virtual Windows apps and desktops from mobile devices, Citrix will incorporate Cisco MediaNet into Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. To secure mobile workers, Cisco and Citrix will link Citrix Receiver, Citrix Access Gateway, and CloudGateway with the Cisco secure access portfolio including Cisco AnyConnect, Cisco ASA, and the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE).

Still agree with the competition?  I thought not!  Remember that this is still at the beginning stages of our partnership!

2012 is ending on a high and we look ahead to positive outlook!

Cisco and Citrix, together! The perfect partnership!