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. (more…)

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  • R Sougey

    I believe there is a small mistake with the version number in your table comparison : it’s CloudGateway 1.2 with Store Receiver 1.1 🙂 ?!

    Anyway Nice post Sephane !

  • Harald

    Great presentation. Thank you!

  • Welll worth a read from @archynet

  • Based on my understanding your storefront architecture might different than you presented. there is one change if you are accessing storefront from internet zone (out of domain) then Access Gateway is must. because storefront doesn’t have feature called “Access Direct” like available in Web Interface. that is why you can’t make storefront as a front role as a public facing site without access gateway.

  • Brijesh Shah, I think you can use some trick in the file configuration and play around with beacon if you want to put a storefront directly on the WAN.
    If you have a XenApp farm behind, you can still use the alternate address command line tool, but it’s a bit messy and really not advised.