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August 01, 2012

Citrix CloudGateway 2 Gains Native iOS, Android and HTML5 Capabilities - Good News for Enterprise Mobility

Veteran enterprise vendor, Citrix has announced the immediate availability of Citrix CloudGateway 2, which delivers its new MDX mobile experience technology. MDX provides CloudGateway with a critical set of mobile app technologies that enable centralized management, security and control over native iOS, Android and HTML 5 apps. It is the company’s answer to providing IT with much needed BYOD capabilities. The new CloudGateway release also adds integration with Citrix ShareFile, the company's cloud-based file sharing and sync service.

With these new additions, CloudGateway now provides customers with a single unified control point for all mobile, web, SaaS and Windows apps and data, across any mix of corporate and personal devices. The company also announced plans to add MDX support to its popular Citrix Ready program, making it easy for developers and IT departments to validate their native mobile apps for use with CloudGateway.

BYOD has driven the proliferation of mobile apps and data across multiple platforms - Citrix finds that most enterprises must now support an increasingly diverse collection of Windows, Web and mobile apps. These trends are driving enterprise IT to develop a new approach to end user computing – one that focuses on controlling apps and data, rather than the mobile device itself.

CloudGateway 2 with MDX Technology

The MDX technology provides four primary components that work together to provide the best mobile device experience for users while also delivering full and critical control for IT:

  • MDX App Vault - is a secure native mobile app container technology that separates mobile enterprise apps and data from personal apps and data on any mobile device. IT is easily able to remotely manage, control, lock and wipe the critical business apps and data.
  • MDX Web Connect - is a secure mobile browser technology that makes it easy for IT to deliver internal corporate web apps, HTML5 mobile web apps and external SaaS apps to mobile devices with a dedicated browser instance for each app.
  • MDX Micro VPN - is the industry’s first app-specific secure access technology that lets IT create a secure VPN tunnel for mobile and web apps that need to access a company’s internal networks from personal mobile devices.
  • MDX Policy Orchestration - provides granular policy-based control over native mobile and HTML5 apps based on factors such as the type of device, type of network, user passcode, login frequency, and whether or not a device has been jail-broken.


Citrix ShareFile Integrated into CloudGateway 2 to Deliver Follow-Me-Data

Now, CloudGateway 2 also provides integration with Citrix ShareFile. Using CloudGateway with ShareFile, companies are able to give employees access to their files on any device they choose through seamless role-based management. ShareFile accounts can be automatically provisioned and de-provisioned with CloudGateway when an employee is added to or removed from Active Directory. Once an employee has a ShareFile account, files can be accessed on any device through the company's near-ubiquitous Citrix Receiver software client – which has been updated to fully support the MDX technology, and will follow the employee across all devices being used. Data associated with native mobile apps or Windows apps hosted by Citrix XenApp is also easily accessible, and can follow the employee across any of the devices being used.

In the event a device is lost or an employee leaves the organization, IT can remotely disable access to corporate apps, and wipe any sensitive business data stored on the mobile device. With CloudGateway 2, IT has a single control point to provision, manage and secure all applications and data enterprise-wide.

To help customers easily manage native mobile and web applications, Citrix is working with Citrix Ready partners and other software developers to validate their mobile apps for use with MDX. With the new program, mobile application ISVs will be able to validate their apps as Citrix Ready so joint customers can deliver them via a unified storefront.

CloudGateway 2 with MDX technology is available today for download and purchase.

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Tony Rizzo has spent over 25 years in high tech publishing and joins MobilityTechzone after a stint as Editor in Chief of Mobile Enterprise Magazine, which followed a two year stretch on the mobile vendor side of the world. Tony also spent five years as the Director of Mobile Research for 451 Research. Before his jump into mobility Tony spent a year as a publishing consultant for CMP Media, and served as the Editor in Chief of Internet World, NetGuide and Network Computing. He was the founding Technical Editor of Microsoft Systems Journal.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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