Feeds

Citrix moves into SaaS management

Control your apps, users, clouds

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Citrix is moving into application management as part of the company's continued shift away from merely delivering virtualized Windows apps.

With a new software package named the CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0, the company hopes to woo enterprises to the mythical (and expensive) lands of consolidated app management.

The software was announced on Wednesday. It lets administrators track service usage, set rules for user activation and service provisioning, view their cloud estate, and define workflow rules for user activation across software services.

It works across an unlimited number of applications, and is described by Citrix as being "a single cloud interface for delivering anything as a service (XaaS)". This is a misnomer as it in fact not capable of working directly with, say, Amazon Web Services, but is instead designed to hook into technologies that have already been packaged up into as-a-service packages.

In other words, it can't let you directly manage VMs being controlled via your Eucalyptus private cloud, but it could let you manage an application formed of multiple Eucalyptus components.

"We're not trying to create a service package of 1,000 applications, nor are we just trying to sit on one [infrastructure]," Citrix's veep for cloud platform marketing Tom McCafferty told The Register. Instead, Citrix has designed the Business Manager to be a promiscuous, agnostic bit of kit that will interface with suitable APIs and suck all of the relevant admin options into a single Citrix control panel.

The software is part of the company's push to get its free and open (CloudStack), and paid-for and closed (Cloud Platform) technologies into more enterprises as it heads into a cloudy future.

"I think things like cloud platform and cloud business manager are the evolution of Citrix as a business," McCafferty said.

It sees the company go after its typical prey – large enterprises with too many apps and not enough expertise to manage them all effectively – and the prices reflect this: a basic version of the software costs $35,000 for a one year license, and can manage two services at once, while the full-fat enterprise versions costs $275,000 plus support for a perpetual license. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.