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BizCloud® Network | November 25, 2015

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Personal Virtual Computing Vision by Citrix

Today at Citrix Synergy™, where virtual computing takes center stage, Citrix Systems announced its vision for enabling a more virtual workstyle for end users through the concept of a “personal cloud”. As users “go virtual” in all aspects of their life, the notion of doing all their work on a single traditional desktop in one physical location is rapidly evolving. Increasingly, people everywhere are embracing a BYO mindset where they can pick up any device, and have full access to all the apps, desktops, data, contacts, and services they need to do their jobs, without having to think about where those resources are actually located, where data was saved, or what platforms each app component was initially designed to run on. The freedom to work in this way, completely untethered by the limitations of the past, is what personal clouds are all about.

“The computing landscape is rapidly changing from a distributed model to a people-centric on-demand model. People expect that their “personal”

Why it Matters

Understanding how to enable personal clouds for end users is important because it helps address the most dramatic shift in IT since the advent of the personal computer itself – the consumerization of IT. Consumerization is much more than a trend; it is the new reality for IT. Offering people the flexibility to work from anywhere on any device is no longer a luxury reserved for the select few. It is a fundamental requirement for all businesses and organizations hoping to attract and retain the best and brightest people. Today, it is no longer a question of if IT will deliver this level of choice and flexibility to their users; the only question is how they will do it.

How Can IT Enable Personal Clouds for their Users?

Personal clouds start with people and the devices they use, including PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. So the first component IT needs to address is the ability to support the DEVICE. The next major consideration is how to securely DELIVER on-demand apps and desktops to anyone, regardless of where those resources originate. IT must also address the DATA – where and how business documents and files are viewed, edited, stored and secured – data that follows the user to provide easy and seamless access anywhere on any device, and can be secured at all times. Finally, IT needs a robust set of COLLABORATION capabilities for people to virtually meet and support one another from anywhere.

New Citrix Announcements to Enable Personal Clouds

Citrix enables companies of all sizes to transition from traditional desktop computing to more flexible, mobile “personal clouds” by offering a complete portfolio of virtual computing infrastructure solutions. The company made several announcements today to support this vision:


  1. Great vision, but virtualizing the desktop will not meet the vision because it's not granular enough. To achieve personal virtualization, it needs to start by virtualizating personal data for access on any device followed by virtualization personal apps to run on any device. The future is not "terminal" based. It's cloud based.

    Peter Chang
    Founder & CEO
    Oxygen Cloud, Inc.
    "secure and synchronized access to shared files in the cloud from any device and any location"

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