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Today at Citrix Synergy, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix unveiled the next stage of its strategy to help enterprises and service providers of all sizes deliver business-ready cloud services. With the advent of the mobile-cloud era, companies everywhere are looking for effective strategies to harness the benefits of cloud computing, without disrupting their current business models. Today’s announcements give customers a simple, pragmatic Path to the Cloud, making it easier for them to transform Windows apps and desktops into cloud services, build new clouds with Amazon-style economics and elasticity, bridge to low-cost capacity in third-party clouds, and deliver a wide range of apps, data and video services over any network with the best performance, reliability and security.

Taking Windows to the Cloud with Project Avalon

The vast majority of organizations today run their business on Windows. Most existing Windows apps and desktops, however, were never designed for a world dominated by millions of new consumer devices, and dynamic, self-service clouds. This makes it difficult for companies to leverage the economics and elasticity of the cloud, while keeping pace with growing user expectations for more mobile workstyles.

For most customers, the first step in the Path to the Cloud is to transform their existing Windows apps and desktops into flexible cloud services that can be delivered to any device with a rich, high-definition user experience. Citrix Project Avalon, originally announced at Synergy San Francisco in May, is a powerful new solution designed to do just that.

Today at Synergy Barcelona, Citrix revealed that Project Avalon will be delivered in two releases - code named Excalibur and Merlin. The Excalibur release, available this quarter as a tech preview, will feature groundbreaking advancements in simplicity, scalability and rich multi-media services needed to deliver Windows apps and desktops to millions of new consumer style mobile devices. Excalibur will dramatically simplify the management of virtual apps and desktops, giving Citrix XenApp® and Citrix XenDesktop® customers a single unified way to design and deliver any mix of virtual applications and desktops from a common management console, and deliver them to end users with any mix of virtual delivery technologies. Excalibur also features the most significant enhancement to the Citrix HDX high-definition experience technology in company history, with new breakthroughs that raise the bar on video, graphics and rich media for mobile devices, and new HDX EdgeSight® technology for real-time analytics and service visibility to ensure a great experience for mobile workers.

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