Cisco Systems Inc. and Citrix Systems Inc. today announced an expansion of their desktop virtualization partnership into three strategic areas: cloud networking, cloud orchestration, and mobile workstyles.
The two companies said in a release they believe the IT industry is on the verge of the next major architectural transition: the mobile-cloud era. The expanded partnership will include a significant investment in people and resources to "drive technology innovation, solution integration and validation, customer support, and joint go-to-market investment on a global basis."
As part of the strategy, Cisco and Citrix intend to jointly integrate the Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) to coexist with other Cisco network and security services such as Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA).
The companies will also integrate Cisco Nexus 1000V with Citrix XenServer to enable enterprise and service provider customers to build clouds based in part on open source technology.
“The Nexus of converging forces of social, mobile, cloud and information is dramatically changing data centre architectures and how services are delivered,” said Joe Skorupa, an analyst with Gartner. “The next generation network has to incorporate best-in-class application delivery controller (ADC) capabilities, integrated into a services architecture that is orchestrated at cloud-scale."
Further information on the announcement, which was made at the Citrix Synergy 2012 user conference in Barcelona, is available at www.citrixsynergy.com.