CloudGateway 2 is available! Check out what’s new

CloudGateway meets these requirements and more by providing IT the assurance that corporate apps and data are isolated and secure while providing users the access to all of productivity tools they need to do their job … from any device. Specifically, CloudGateway is an enterprise mobility management solution that securely delivers mobile, web, SaaS and Windows apps and data to any device, anywhere. As part of the new release, here are a few of the key new features that we know will excite our customers:

1. Provide a rich, secure mobile device experience with MDX Technologies. Citrix MDX Technologies powers a next-gen mobile device experience that provides seamless separation between work and personal life with full user choice and IT control over all apps and data. These technologies give CloudGateway a rich set of mobile app technologies that enable centralized management, security and control over native iOS, Android and HTML 5 apps across more than two billion mobile devices. Specifically, we announced four new technologies:

  • MDX App Vault – the MDX App Vault is a secure native mobile app container technology that separates mobile enterprise apps and data from personal apps and data on any mobile device. This allows IT to remotely manage, control, lock and wipe the critical business apps and data they care about.
  • MDX Web Connect – MDX Web Connect is a secure mobile browser technology that makes it easy for IT to deliver internal corporate web apps, external SaaS apps, and HTML5 apps to mobile devices with a dedicated browser instance for each app.
  • MDX Micro VPN – the MDX Micro VPN is the industry’s first app-specific secure access technology that lets IT create a secure VPN tunnel for mobile and web apps accessing the company’s internal network from personal mobile devices. Using this technology, companies can instantly mobilize all their existing apps, including their corporate Intranet as well as native iOS and Android applications. This also means that businesses do not require a device-wide VPN that can compromise security.
  • MDX Policy Orchestration – MDX Policy Orchestration provides granular policy-based control over native mobile and HTML5 apps based on factors such as the type of device or network, device passcode, or upon detection of a jailbroken device.
  • 2. Support more mobile devices with complete mobile application management. IT organizations can now internally develop or purchase native iOS, Android and HTML5 mobile apps, and securely manage and deliver them – just like they do for traditional Windows apps – through CloudGateway. Using the MDX Application Preparation Tool, administrators can wrap apps and import them into CloudGateway, where IT can set rules around how and when these applications can be used. Once these apps are delivered to users, users get the benefit single-click, single sign-on access to mobile apps in the same personalized workspace as Windows, web and SaaS apps. And, for the security minded, CloudGateway allows IT to instantly revoke application access and wipe all associated data when a user leaves the organization or other status change.

    3. Increase productivity for mobile users with follow-me data (and apps). Workers want access to their data on all of their devices. Using CloudGateway with ShareFile Enterprise, IT now can manage and secure this data for workers wherever they are. To start with, IT can provision and de-provision ShareFile accounts automatically when an employee is added to or removed from Active Directory. Once the account is provisioned, workers can access all of their data on any device through Citrix Receiver, and that data will follow the employee across all devices. To increase productivity, CloudGateway enables data associated with mobile apps or Windows apps delivered by Citrix XenApp to be accessible with a single click. And finally, in the event a device is lost or an employee leaves the organization, IT can remotely wipe all of the data. The same principal for apps exists as well – once users have chosen their apps, these apps follow the employee across all devices for the ultimate productivity.

    The past two and a half months have been a crazy time to be on the Receivers and Gateways team here at Citrix, but I speak for all of us when I say we are proud of the progress we have made. I can now truly say that Citrix is in the mobile market to stay. CloudGateway 2 delivers on customers top priorities around enabling mobility with a solution that secures and mobilizes corporate data and apps, allows IT to say “yes” to all the amazing new devices that workers bring into the workplace every day and supports mobile workers in their quest to work from anywhere on any device.

    1. Source: Forrsights Networks And Telecommunications Survey, Q1 2012, Forrester Research, Inc., 2012

    Read the entire blog here on the Citrix blogs.

    Download CloudGateway Express 2.0 or the Virtual Appliance here from the Citrix Download page (requires a valid MyCitrix ID)

    CloudStack 3.0.3 available

    Citrix released version 3.0.3 of the ClouStack product. You can read here what’s new in 3.0.3 in this version.

    Secure Console Access on XenServer

    With the addition of Secure Console feature, users can now securely access the VM consoles on the XenServer hypervisor. You can either SSH or use the View Console option in the Management Server to securely connect to the VMs on the XenServer host. The Management Server uses the xapi API to stream the VM consoles. However, there is no change in the way you can access the console of a VM. This feature is supported on XenServer 5.6 and 6.0 versions.

    Stopped VM

    This release supports creating VMs without starting them on the backend. You can determine whether the VM needs to be started as part of the VM deployment. A VM can be deployed in two ways: create and start a VM (the default method); create a VM and leave it in the stopped state.

    A new request parameter, startVM, is introduced in the deployVm API to support the stopped VM feature. The possible values are:

    • true – The VM starts as a part of the VM deployment.
    • false – The VM is left in stopped state at the end of the VM deployment.

    The default value is true.

    Uploading an Existing Volume to a Virtual Machine

    Existing data can now be made accessible to a virtual machine. This is called uploading a volume to the VM. For example, this is useful to upload data from a local file system and attach it to a VM. Root administrators, domain administrators, and end users can all upload existing volumes to VMs. The upload is performed by using HTTP. The uploaded volume is placed in the zone’s secondary storage.

    This functionality is supported for the following hypervisors:

    • Hypervisor : Disk Image Format
    • XenServer : VHD
    • VMware : OVA
    • KVM : QCOW2
    • OVM : RAW

    Dedicated High-Availability Hosts

    One or more hosts can now be designated for use only by high-availability (HA) enabled VMs that are restarted due to a host failure. Setting up a pool of such dedicated HA hosts as the recovery destination for all HA-enabled VMs make it easier to determine which VMs are restarted as part of the high-availability function. You can designate a host as a dedicated-HA restart node only if the Dedicated HA Hosts feature is enabled by setting the appropriate global configuration parameter.

    Support for Amazon Web Services API

    This release supports Amazon Web Services APIs, including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) API. Fidelity with the EC2 API and the installation experience for this functionality are both enhanced. In prior releases, users were required to install a separate component called CloudBridge, in addition to installing the Management Server. For new installations of CloudPlatform 3.0.3, this software is installed automatically along with CloudPlatform and runs in a more closely integrated fashion. The feature is disabled by default, but can be easily enabled by setting the appropriate global configuration parameter and performing a few setup steps.

    Support for Cisco Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch

    In addition to standard vSwitch, Cisco Nexus 1000v is now supported for virtual network configuration in VMware vSphere deployments. With this, guest traffic isolation through VLANs is possible in VMware environment. Using Nexus virtual switch simplifies configuring and monitoring virtual networks that span across a large number of hosts, and facilitates live migration in VMWare-based cloud deployment.

    You can download this version of CloudStack here with a valid MyCitrix ID.

    Citrix CloudPlatform version 3.0.3 is now available

    Citrix CloudPlatform (powered by Apache CloudStack) version 3.0.3  is now available. This minor release includes advances in Amazon Compatibility, High Availability, XenServer Management, support for Cisco Nexus 1000v and more.

    As Citrix CloudPlatform expands its dominant reach as the IaaS cloud orchestration solution of choice in large service provider clouds into enterprise cloud computing, this minor release provides some key features and enhancements to meet those users needs.  Expanding at over 100 net new open source CloudStack clouds per week since Citrix contributed the code to the Apache Software Foundation, CloudStack and the commercial Citrix CloudPlatform are being proven in many enterprise cloud environments from Fortune 500 to Web 2.0 and Education.  Check out the new features in CloudPlatform 3.0.3 and be sure to test drive them by downloading the latest code or contacting Citrix Sales.

    Read what’s new and more info about this product click here.

    Managing and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud—How to Apply the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)

    Microsoft has released a new beta of the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) for managing and operation a MS private cloud.

    The Microsoft Operations Framework team is pleased to announce that theManaging and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud—How to Apply the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) guide is now available for beta download.

    Join the beta now:

    This guide leads you through the process of how to manage and operate a Microsoft private cloud using the service management processes of the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). The guide applies MOF’s IT service management principles to that conceptual architecture and technology stack. It describes how to maximize the potential of MOF’s people, process, and technical capabilities to manage and operate a Microsoft private cloud.

    Follow this guidance for a private cloud that is better aligned to meet your business needs. Employ MOF’s service management functions (SMFs) to help align IT and business goals, which can enable you to perform private cloud activities effectively and cost-efficiently. Continue reading “Managing and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud—How to Apply the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)”

    MCSA/MCSE in a new version

    Today (April 11th 2012) Microsoft has released a new and improved version of the old MCSA/MCSE certification.

    I hear you thinking. Oh no, not again….

    Well, MCSA and MCSE are NEW acronyms for Microsoft Certified (so far the same) Solutions Associate !!!! and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

    In stead of being associated with the OS certification this is now a sign of cloud skills.

    MCSA is an entry level certification program for professionals who are looking for their first job in IT. So if you are a guru in the Microsoft field and have loads of certs, skip this status and go straight through to the MCSE version.

    MCSE is the Expert level of the cloud certification. If you have years of experience and done lots of troubleshooting and maintaining servers with System Center and other MS products then you’d go for this.

    Certification tracks: Continue reading “MCSA/MCSE in a new version”

    Free eBook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

    Hi guys,

    Just got a tweet about e free MS ebook about virtualization R2 solutions. I wanted to share it with you.

    Learn about the latest Microsoft Virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions, written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch along with the Microsoft Virtualization team.

    The primary target audience for this book is IT administrators, implementers, and decision makers of large and mid-sized organizations who want to learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies. The book assumes that you are familiar with core Windows Server technologies and how to implement an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure. The book also assumes you have experience working with the latest client and server versions of Windows, namely Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Finally, the
    book assumes you are already familiar with earlier Microsoft virtualization products such as Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

    Download a free e-book offer on Microsoft Virtualization solutions (updated for Windows Server 2008 R2)

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    Office 365 live as of June 28th

    Hi guys,

    As of June 28th 2011 the new Microsoft Office 365 is live and can be bougt.

    Office 365 is Microsofts cloudplatform for e-mail, collaberation and communication. Office 365 is the improved version of BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite). You are paying for Office 365 as a cloud service/product. You only pay for what you use. Microsoft takes care of the rest, servers, upgrades, maintance and licenses. The 3 main components of Office 365 Continue reading “Office 365 live as of June 28th”

    SCOM in the cloud??

    Anyone working in the ICT or having any related job for that matter, can’t deny it: things are changing. Much is to be found and told about the cloud and what it can do.

    The cloud comes in many shapes and formats, like IaaS, Paas & SaaS. Also the formats can be different, like public, private, hybrid and community based. Even though this blog isn’t about the cloud, there is no doubt that it will affect SCOM as well. The question isn’t when nor why but more like how?

    The first steps in moving SCOM into the cloud have been made. What started under codename ‘Atlanta’ has been rebranded into Microsoft System Center Advisor (SCA).

    What it does? For now it does NOT deliver real time monitoring like SCOM. Taken directly from the website: Continue reading “SCOM in the cloud??”

    Hyper-V cloud deployments documents

    The Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides are a collection of best practices based on a Microsoft Consulting Services framework. They are designed to help you deploy a private cloud solution using Continue reading “Hyper-V cloud deployments documents”

    Possibilities of the cloud

    Yung Chou explains on in a 6 part blog the posibilities of Cloud Computing.  These blogposts give a good insight in the different parts of a cloud and it’s services.