If you're in IT and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is the bane of your existence, Citrix believes it has the answer. This week, the company released version 2 of its CloudGateway with MDX mobile
experience technology and integration with ShareFile.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said in a statement accompanying the release that these two additions mean that CloudGateway is "the first product in the industry to offer customers a single unified control point for all mobile, Web, SaaS and Windows apps and data, across any mix of corporate and personal devices."
In addition, MDX will be added to the Citrix Ready program, so that developers can validate their native mobile apps for CloudGateway.
Citrix describes CloudGateway as a "unified storefront" for the secure delivery of mobile, Web and Windows apps and data to any device. To do this, MDX utilizes four components -- an App Vault, Web Connect, Micro VPN, and Policy Orchestration.
App Vault is a native container for mobile apps that lives on the device and separates enterprise apps and data from personal apps and data. Web Connect uses secure browser technology for the delivery of internal corporate Web apps, HTML5 mobile Web apps and external SaaS apps to mobile devices, each of which has a dedicated browser instance.
Micro VPN is app-specific secure access technology, which Citrix describes as "the industry's first," so that IT can provide a secure VPN tunnel that gives apps direct access to a company's internal network. And Policy Orchestration offers granular control over apps, according to such parameters as device type, network type, user passcode, login frequency, and whether or not the device is jailbroken.
'A Fool's Errand'
Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said that, by providing MDX for CloudGateway, Citrix is "taking a step back and saying that 'offering comprehensive support for all platforms is a fool's errand.' "
Instead, he noted, Citrix is focusing only on apps and data by leveraging the "agnostic" MDX.
We asked Natalie Lambert, Citrix director of product marketing, if Citrix thought the new version of CloudGateway essentially solved the key problems surrounding the BYOD movement.
She replied that "this is the silver bullet for BYOD," although she acknowledged that enhancements will still need to be made over time.
The expansion in mobility, Lambert said, has made this kind of IT management "the top priority on IT's radar," so Citrix's goal was to create a solution that addressed the security and management challenges while still providing employees with access to apps and data on mobile devices.
Lambert also noted that CloudGateway's integration with ShareFile "solves the Dropbox problem in the enterprise," in that data can now be securely shared and synchronized among devices. IT departments are able to automatically provision or de-provision employees' ShareFile accounts to match their status in Active Directory.