Citrix Systems, Inc. is an American multinational software company founded in 1989 that provides server, application and desktop virtualization, networking, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and cloud computing technologies.
The company began by developing remote access products for Microsoft operating systems. It licensed source code from Microsoft and has been in partnership with the company throughout its history. Citrix came to prominence in the 1990s as a leader in thin client technology. Through several acquisitions in the mid-2000s, the company expanded into server and desktop virtualization, as well as cloud and Infrastructure as a Service.
Citrix currently services around 330,000 organizations worldwide and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the Miami metropolitan area, and Santa Clara, California, with subsidiary operations in California and Massachusetts, and additional development centers in Canada, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.
Citrix creates software that allows the individuals of an enterprise to work and collaborate remotely regardless of device or network. The main areas the company works in are desktop and apps, Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), networking and cloud.
Desktops and apps :
Citrix offers a number of products related to desktop and application virtualization. These tools allow access to Windows desktops and applications independent of the machine they’re actually on, from any device with any operating system.Citrix XenApp provides application virtualization (now it is integrated as part of XenDesktop), and Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and XenClient all provide desktop virtualization.The DesktopPlayer for Mac allows online and offline access to Windows virtual desktops from Macs. Citrix Workspace Cloud is a platform for building and delivering desktops and applications from the cloud.ShareFile allows companies and organizations to sync and share files.XenMobile offers mobile app and device management, and Citrix Receiver is client software that allows universal access to virtual applications and desktops. Citrix also provides GoToMyPC, which is an online service for remote desktop access.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) :
Citrix technology enables service providers to provide Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offerings to their customers, including business apps and desktops.These products include: Worx Mobile Apps for secure email, browser, and document sharing and Citrix Workspace Suite for mobile workspaces and AppDNA, software that provides application migration and management.
Networking and cloud :
Citrix products related to cloud computing and networking include Citrix XenServer for server virtualization.CloudPlatform powered by Apache CloudStack for building cloud infrastructure, CloudBridge for WAN optimization,and its Netscaler brand of network appliances, Application Delivery Controller (ADC), Gateway, and AppFirewall.The company also has ByteMobile Adaptive Traffic Management, which aims to optimize mobile video services through traffic management, policy control and caching, and ByteMobile Insight, which provides mobile data and subscriber analytics.
Software as a Service (SaaS) :
Citrix Software as a Service (SaaS) products are focused on collaboration and communications. The offerings include GoToAssist for remote IT support; GoToTraining, which supports online training; GoToMeeting, which facilitates online meetings; GoToWebinar for webinars and online conferencing; Podio, a cloud-based collaboration service; and OpenVoice, which provides audio conferencing.