At this week’s Google Chrome Event in San Francisco (see our event photos here), Citrix Systems shared the stage with Google for a preview of the new Citrix Receiver for Chrome Notebooks. This will allow Google customers to operate existing Windows business applications immediately on the web-based Chrome notebooks while retaining the native user experience, full enterprise security and high speed functioning. Consequently, Google customers will have a fast, lightweight, web-based notebook PC experience while still enjoying the easy and secure access to their Windows-based work applications, desktops and data.
The new Citrix Receiver champions corporate IT departments as it allows them to deliver existing enterprise applications and desktops as a protected, on-demand service to Chrome notebooks users minus the perils in security and performance. The Citrix Receiver supports general security standards even without additional requirements for support. Moreover, the built-in Citrix HDX technology allows users to enjoy powerful, high-definition applications and desktops. Citrix Receiver works by connecting to the Citrix XenDesktop® or Citrix XenApp servers already running in datacenters of most corporate customers.
“The web has become an incredibly powerful platform for innovation, allowing users to do much more online than ever before. We’re happy to work with Citrix to give Chrome notebook business users a way to enjoy all the benefits of the web, while still having the flexibility to access important business applications in their work environments,” said Sundar Pichai, Vice President of Product Management for Google.
As a major component of Citrix’s end-to-end virtual computing strategy, the Citrix Receiver is devised to condense IT calculations and provide users flexibility and added options on how and where they work. The product is designed to run on many devices including PCs, Macs, laptops, thin clients, tablets and smartphones. The product will available through the Google Chrome Webstore sometime in the first half of 2011.
“The new Chrome notebook breaks new ground in simplifying end user computing devices. Citrix is pleased to be working with Google with this exciting new technology and promise it holds for our joint customers. Together, we can ensure that these new devices are enterprise-ready, allowing our customers to securely run their existing corporate applications on their Chrome notebooks. Extending Citrix Receiver support for Chrome notebooks will provide virtual computing solutions that simplify computing for IT, and enable productive, virtual workstyles for users,” said Gordon Payne, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Citrix.
XenDesktop and XenApp deliver virtual desktops and applications to 100 million corporate employees across 230,000 enterprises all over the globe which includes 99 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.