With feature-rich cloud applications like Docs and Slides in G Suite, users can work whenever and wherever they want from any internet-connected device. To help businesses get more out of their cloud platform, Google announced that they are working with Citrix to run virtual desktops and applications in a cloud-hosted environment.
Organizations often struggle to manage multiple apps, especially if some are running on a cloud environment while others are running locally. This means devices and applications are disjointed, making processes slow and inefficient.
With Citrix Workspace integrated with Google Cloud, businesses can unify all their web-based, mobile, desktop, and Google apps into one hub to easily manage access permissions, security updates, and workflows across applications and devices. Essentially, this feature enables businesses to better manage their hybrid IT environments.
Along with Workspace Service, Citrix also announced that they will be bringing their ShareFile feature to G Suite. ShareFile uses advanced encryption to protect data in transit and at rest. When used as a plugin for Gmail, employees can send emails and file attachments securely.
Additionally, ShareFile has a “follow-me data” feature that allows seamless access to local drives, network drives, and Google Drive. When enabled on G Suite, users can run, edit, and save documents to their virtual apps and desktop software while on the road.
Another feature that will soon be released for Google Cloud is Citrix’s NetScaler. NetScaler is a system that uses load balancing to optimize the performance of apps and services. In other words, it makes sure that applications are getting sufficient computing resources (e.g., processing power, RAM, storage space). If used properly, applications can run up to five times faster and experience little to no downtime.
By combining NetScaler and Google Cloud, developers can take advantage of Google’s vast computing resources to build powerful applications and run them in the cloud easily.
Considering how these features allow employees to access and manage their desktop infrastructure online, it’s clear that both Citrix and Google want more businesses moving to the cloud. Only time will tell whether these features will actually ease the transition for business owners who are on the fence about the cloud.
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