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Securely managing mobile devices in the age of "bring your down device" is consistently rated as one of IT's main challenges. Cisco and Citrix said they would develop mobile workstyle and BYOD solutions that provide a unified way to securely access apps, data, voice and collaboration services from any device.
The idea is that the joint solution will more tightly integrate Cisco collaboration technology with its Jabber client, its Receiver self-service mobile access client and Citrix's Sharefile.
Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said desktop virtualization "is a trend we've been seeing from a number of players" to deliver applications to any kind of device, with the "virtualization cloud platform as a single conduit."
The idea, he told us, is to have "a single management platform for all devices, rather than a management platform for each device or vendor."
King noted that Citrix is "ambitious" in trying to improve its virtualization position against VMware and Microsoft , and the way it can win "is through partnerships" such as this expanding one with Cisco.