Citrix is proud to be a strategic alliance partner with Cisco and we send our congratulations and kudos to Cisco on the 5th anniversary of Unified Computing System (UCS). Rising from unknown to industry powerhouse in five years is truly remarkable. And while technology innovation undoubtedly helped fuel that growth, so did their ability to deliver integrated solutions with other industry innovators, such as Citrix. Our partnership spans many of our joint technologies focusing on mobile workstyles, cloud networking and cloud services, but today we want to brag about our partnership with UCS.

We built our first joint solution offering as strategic partners – Desktop Virtualization –based on Cisco UCS and Citrix XenDesktop. The solution, based on unique technology integrations has enjoyed widespread global adoption by our joint customers, deploying hundreds of thousands of virtual desktops and applications including at customers such as Park Hill School District in the US, Salford City Council in the UK, Shanghai Telecom, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Our strategic alliance is also very focused on our mutual channel partners and the value they bring to UCS, XD and our joint solutions. The Cisco and Citrix Partner Accelerator has been a key element of our rapid growth together, and we thank those partners that have brought us that unique market and customer insight and deployed and supported our customers so well.

As our relationship has progressed, Cisco and Citrix have built upon our core solution with UCS to address the transformation taking place in enterprise networks as companies support more mobile, anytime, anywhere access to enterprise applications. As a result, we’re capitalizing on the opportunity to further align and continue delivering unique solutions for mobile workstyles, cloud services and cloud networking. By combining Cisco’s industry leading compute, networking and collaboration capabilities with Citrix’s desktop virtualization software, the companies are delivering the industry’s first true rich-media virtual desktop solution.

As I continue to get my bearings here at Citrix with the market-leading portfolio of products for Desktop and Application Virtualization, I’m pleased to see the Cisco Alliance continuing to bring innovative, best in class end user experiences to our joint customers.

So, in addition to extending our congratulations to Cisco for reaching the 5 year mark with UCS, we also look forward to continuing to deliver on additional pillars in our partnership with more solutions benefiting our customers.

Well done Cisco, you should be very proud. We are too, and can’t wait to see what else we will bring to the market together!