Several new products were also presented at the gathering: For instance, 2018 will feature, for the first time, several editions of the familiar Workspace Service that will enable more precise accommodation of customer needs and hence continue to perfect the secure digital workspace of the future. In addition to the Workspace Premium Service, an equivalent to today’s Workspace Service, the first six months of 2018 are likely to see rollout of the Unified Endpoint Management and Advanced Editions. They will also be available for the first time in a concurrent user version, instead of the user/device arrangements that have been available so far.
As a matching feature, Citrix will also place a so-called Workspace Hub on the market.
This is a ThinClient that is specifically designed for a Citrix environment, but that is even slimmer and handier than familiar ThinClients and that is designed for deployment in a wide variety of use cases.
A particular feature for small devices on Raspberry Pi basis is the new Citrix Casting technology. It involves pairing the user’s mobile device – for instance a smartphone – with the Workspace Hub, which means that the client will notice if the relevant user is close by and will automatically launch a Citrix session on the client and end it again, for example if the user leaves the room. This could be an extremely interesting feature for doctors and other professional groups.
As regards NetScaler, there will be a new MPX/SDX 15.xxx and 26.xxx series with a huge array of preconfigured transceiver units (SFPs) and several throughput options up to 100 gigabits as classic hardware appliances.
The new NetScaler Pooled Capacity and Zero Capacity appliances represent another interesting product range. They allow the acquisition of cost-efficient devices without any preconfigured throughput, which can then be equipped with custom throughput to suit requirements and uses by purchasing capacity licenses.
Interestingly, Citrix has revealed that an independent study described the NetScaler technology as “the only solution for every use case”.