Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based cloud solutions provider Citrix has signed a multi-year deal with Microsoft to help organisations accelerate digital transformation and move to the cloud.
As part of the deal, Microsoft will deploy the Citrix digital workplace solution, while Citrix will use Microsoft Azure as the preferred cloud platform to move its on-premise customers to the cloud, a statement said.
Citrix Workspace currently allows multiple users to remotely access and operate Microsoft Windows desktops running on the cloud or a data centre.
“Looking forward, hybrid work models will become the standard for many customers, requiring a flexible infrastructure to support, secure and empower their teams,” David Henshall, president and CEO of Citrix, said.
The companies will provide joint tools and services to help Citrix customers transition from on-premise networks to Azure cloud faster, the statement said. They also look to “design a roadmap to roll out joint offerings that comprise Citrix Workspace, Citrix SD-WAN, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365,” it said. The firms will develop micro apps to help with the deployments, it added.
The new solutions, the statement said, will be sold through their respective direct sales forces, the Azure Marketplace and channel partners.
The partnership will support flexible work by giving employees unified access to all the applications, content and business services they need to be productive, the statement added.
“Together with Citrix, we will apply the power of Azure to this challenge, helping our customers seamlessly and securely connect their employees to their applications,” Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, said.