Monday, October 23, 2017

HPE, Atlantis and Citrix unite to drive cloud, hyper-converged infrastructure forward

Simplification of cloud management application at the core of released during Citrix Summit, LA, California.

HPE, Citrix and Atlantis Computing have come together to launch hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances aimed at automating deployments and updating and managing virtual desktops and applications.

Citrix unveiled the Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program to enable HCI appliances to connect to Citrix Cloud to automate the setup and maintenance of XenApp and XenDesktop Service.

Steve Blacklock, VP of Global Strategic Alliances at Citrix, said in a company blog: “HCI solutions help to reduce complexity and cost at the hardware and storage layers, particularly for the mid-market, but they still require a high degree of expertise to stand up the app and desktop delivery layer that sits on top of the HCI platform.”

In addition to the launch of the workspace appliance program launch, HPE and Atlantis Computing were announced as the first partners to join the program.

HPE Edgeline EL4000 Intelligent Edge Workspace

HPE Edgeline EL4000 Intelligent Edge Workspace

The two companies introduced the HPE Edgeline EL4000 Intelligent Edge Workspace at the Citrix Summit, as part of the new Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance program that enables HCI appliances from hardware and storage partners to connect to the Citrix Cloud for automating the setup, management, and maintenance of XenApp/XenDesktop environments for mid-market customers.

Speaking to Data Economy, Chris Plant, VP of EMEA at Atlantis, said: “The HPE Edgeline EL4000 Intelligent Edge Workspace, part of the new Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance program is designed to run virtual workspaces, both applications and desktops.

“Users will benefit from the simplification of cloud management application and desktop delivery using Citrix Cloud and it will provide optimised hyper-converged computing, storage and management for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

“The Atlantis USX HCI data services help to provide users with high performance virtual workspaces that are faster than a PC with minimal data centre footprint.”

He continued to say the complete workspace appliance solution encompasses the entire stack in a preconfigured HCI architecture to reduce management overheads and complexity and offer the lowest total cost of ownership.

“Users will no longer worry about configuration, hardware and software compatibility, as with this solution, partners and customers simply connect the appliance to Citrix Cloud to quickly and easily stand up and deliver virtual desktops and applications,” he said.

Plant confirmed to Data Economy that the solution will be rolled out via the HP, Citrix and Atlantis channel in all major regions over the next quarter.