Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Essentials arrive on Azure Marketplace

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Citrix XenApp Essentials and Citrix XenDesktop Essentials are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace on a subscription basis, the company has announced.

Described by Nabeel Youakim, vice president of products and strategic partners for workspace services at Citrix, as "a monumental milestone for the Citrix and Microsoft partnership", customers can purchase the services directly from the Azure marketplace, rather than having to go through the virtualisation firm itself.

Part of the reason for delivering these two products through the marketplace is their target customer base.

XenDesktop Essentials is designed exclusively for Windows 10 Enterprise Current Branch for Business (CBB) virtual desktops hosted on the Azure platform. It will, Citrix said, give organisations that have Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 Per User or Windows VDA Per User License the option to deliver a high-performance Windows 10 Enterprise CBB virtual desktop experience using Azure HUB Client Preview image from the Azure gallery.

"This will be an industry first," said Brad Andersen, corporate VP of enterprise client and mobility. "This means you can deploy virtual apps or desktops and accelerate Windows 10 adoption for those customers who are using Microsoft Cloud solutions."

XenApp Essentials, meanwhile, allows IT departments to securely and quickly deliver Windows apps from Azure to any device. It has been optimised for Azure and combines XenApp technology with an easy-to-use delivery system, Citrix said. It mirrors a number of the existing Azure RemoteApp workflows already in use, while also delivering additional security, configurations, management and user experience features, the company added.

Both XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials are available now. More information on how to begin using the products can be found here.

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