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While rumours of Microsoft eyeing the cloud and desktop virtualisation leader Citrix for acquisition are dotting the tech landscape for quite some time, for Satya Nadella, the two companies are focused on enabling customers digitally transform while providing cyber security and compliance.
"Our mission is to empower every person, every organisation on this planet. The core of the mission is fostering strong partnerships with leading organisations like Citrix," the Indian-born Microsoft CEO told the gathering via video link at the 'Citrix Synergy 2017' event here.
"The customers are already witnessing the benefits of our partnership and the rapid adoption of the purpose-built Citrix Cloud services on Azure has seen more than 500 deployments from Azure marketplace in just couple of months," Nadella said as Citrix President and CEO Kirill Tatarinov took the stage.
"We are not up for sale. We are growing and look forward to infuse AI, analytics and machine learning into our Cloud offerings. You will see more announcements on this from us in months to come," Tatarinov later told reporters during an interaction.
Citrix has accelerated innovation in the Cloud, with the introduction of new services like XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials that are native to Microsoft Azure but managed from Citrix Cloud.
Citrix announced additional Cloud services at the event, including XenMobile device management and app management and NetScaler Gateway Service, allowing customers to create a gateway-in-the-cloud, speeding and simplifying implementation.
According to market research firm Gartner, organisations currently using Cloud services indicate they are allocating 40 per cent of their IT budget to cloud-related spending (including cloud-related services).
Seventy-eight per cent of these organisations plan to increase their spending on cloud through 2017.
Because Citrix Cloud is designed to manage multi-cloud environments, customers who use it for virtual apps, desktops and data can place their workloads on any public or hybrid cloud, or on any on-premises virtualised environment.
"By adopting a Citrix Cloud solution running workloads on Microsoft Azure, we have created a new way of working at AF. This solution gives us the agility we need to respond to various business needs," said Mattias Jadeskold, innovation team leader, AF.
The firm recently revealed how it uses gaming engine and virtual reality software to create 3D, walk-through visualisations for clients on building and infrastructure projects.
"The bigger question is how to harness the technology to drive business outcomes. The rapid pace of innovation like cloud computing, artificial intelligence and advanaced analytics present the most exciting opportunity for businesses of all sizes," Nadella noted.