Citrix CloudGateway 2.5 – MDX 5 Comments

What about MDX ? I think this is smart move from Citrix who push toward managing Apps and native Apps deployed to the mobile devices instead of trying to fully manage the device itself. Now this technology is not mature yet and needs some time and improvement and each version is a giant step forward. I'm really looking forward what's coming and soon be announced by Citrix. Overview Full support for both personal and corporate usage (BYOD) Corporate apps and data secure even on employee-owned devices New consumer-driven devices supported immediately No risk of corporate data loss or compliance exceptions when: Device is lost or stolen or employee leaves organization Collaboration / file sharing apps used on the device Governance is built-in Policies can be updated on hundreds of apps with no requirement to change source code No requirement for developers to change the way they develop apps or learn mobile security standards What is the meaning of MDX ? Mobile Device eXperience. There are 3 key MDX technologies :   Application wrapping tool Mobile App Wrap tool runs on Mac OS X Mobile App Wrap tool for Android Beta Available Takes a pre-compiled iOS native application bundle (.IPA) as input Produces repackaged iOS application bundle with Citrix app wrapper logic inserted (.MDX) Recertifies the repacked app with using a customer provided enterprise distribution profile TIP : Where are stored IPA files on your MAC OS ? Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion: ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications/ Mac OS X 10.6: ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications/ Windows 7: C:\Users\Username\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications\ App Preparation Tool for iOS Applications (iOS only) installation The application can be launch from the Applications within the Citrix folder Using Citrix App Preparation Tool :   And then the application is asking for an iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile and iOS Distribution Certificate If you're like me and wondering how to get this two things, here you are : iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile [link] and [link] iOS Distribution Certificate [link] This is where it hurts... to get the iOS Distribution Provisioning Profile a subscription to the iOS Developer Program is required and this is about 99$ per year. Then the deployment can be done with the AppController   and voilà ! Since there are still a lot of NDA topics about this subject and since I won't pay 99$ to Apple to write a bit more about that, that's it for now but it gives a…

WebInterface vs Receiver Storefront (CloudGateway) 23 Comments

CloudGateway is here to replace the good old WebInterface (end of support 2015) as WebInterface is one product, CloudGateway is a marketing name for several products : CloudGateway Express (Free) = Receiver Storefront + Access Gateway VPX CloudGateway Enterprise ($$$) = Receiver Storefront + Access Gateway + AppController If we want to compare the WebInterface to one of this component, that will be Receiver Storefront. This blog idea originally comes from Thomas Koetzing (CTP) blog post last year : Web Interface replaced by Citrix Cloud Gateway and I made several presentation about CloudGateway based on the table he build. I tried to maintain this table up to date with the new releases of Receiver Storefront. What is CloudGateway Citrix definition : Citrix CloudGateway is an enterprise mobility management solution that aggregates, controls and delivers Windows, web, SaaS and mobile apps, and data, to any device, anywhere. CloudGateway provides end-users with a unified single point of access and self-service to all of their business apps on any device anywhere. It also provides IT with a comprehensive single point of aggregation and control for all apps, data, devices and identities. CloudGateway helps IT and users Deliver all apps. Go beyond Windows apps to aggregate, control and deliver all apps including web, SaaS, mobile apps and data. Unified—not siloed. IT no longer needs to create and manage individual/soloed processes and tools to add new devices, user types and apps. Regain control and eliminate chaos. IT can manage and secure corporate IP, apps and data by unifying and automating controls for apps, devices and identities. Empower users by giving them every app they need in a unified, self-service app catalog that is available from any device, anywhere. My point of view is CloudGateway came too early on the market and WebInterface death have been announced too fast. With the lake of feature integrated in Receiver Storefront, the adoption by IT and companies will be slow. Citrix should have introduce a more feature complete product, of course Citrix needs to move fast and evolve as fast as possible to lead the market but simple fast make me think Citrix is big, way too big to move as fast as they were use to : New NetScaler 10 still include WebInterface instead of Receiver Storefront Citrix App Studio allow to provision WebInterface, no Receiver Storefront yet... Why's that ? Because Receiver Storefront is not mature for all our existing customer…

This is a new step in application and desktop delivery access point process but Citrix again made it very messy to understand (at least for me...) This is very important to know and understand every component of this new products, but between, Receiver Storefront, CloudGateway Express, CloudGateway Enterprise, AppController and all the past names, some of us can be lost, and our customer are even more lost... (nFuse, Web Interface  2 3 4 5 etc... and Receiver Storefront) If I remember well, at Synergy in Barcelona last October, CloudGateway had been introduce by Citrix CEO with this slide : Now when I read documentation about CloudGateway Express and Enterprise release, I think we lost something : The data "square" (ShareFile & RingCube (?)) is gone for now... Anyway, with the previous picture you can have a clear view about each component present in Citrix CloudGateway. First let's check what is the difference between CloudGateway Express and CloudGateway Enterprise : The difference is mostly around features, but what's not shown in Citrix edition and features matrix is a row with the price. CloudGateway Express is free because this product is here to replace the actual Web Interface and Program Neighborhood to give access to Windows App and Desktops. The enterprise edition is here to centralize access between Desktops, Windows Apps, SaaS and web applications. The upgrade from Express edition to Enterprise edition should be simple and painless, just need to try it out to check how simple it is :) Regarding the architecture, the big picture is simple, we had Web Interface, now we have Receiver Storefront and it should be it... But that's not :) To simplify user's life and give a centralized access to apps, again we need to build an architecture more complex than our good old Web Interface. In the previous image above, there is not that much difference if we consider Storefront is here to replace Web Interface and AppController as a new component to build a bridge between Desktops / Windows Apps and SaaS / Web Apps. The external access is still secured using an Access Gateway, I mean NetScaler Access Gateway (same product, new name), but if we look further, it more complicated than that : Same as Web Interface, high availability is possible with an external load balancing mechanism (ie NetScaler or MS NLB) Now an external database is required to host users…