StorMagic Debuts Direct Edge Appliance for Citrix Cloud


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StorMagic’s branch edge appliance supporting Citric Workspace Service is now available. The solution combines Cisco branch routers with UCS E-Series blade servers and Citrix technology. It has been validated as Citrix Ready, part of the Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program.

The new offer, available globally, is a hybrid cloud solution that enables a direct connection between Citrix Cloud and any user location to simplify the process of deploying and managing applications, desktops, data and devices needed for edge computing environments. StorMagic’s SvSan is a virtual SAN.

StorMagic's John Glendenning

StorMagic’s John Glendenning

“StorMagic SvSAN combines a simple lightweight architecture with powerful features such as Predictive Storage Caching and data encryption to meet the performance and security requirements of Citrix workloads,” said John Glendenning, SVP sales and business development, StorMagic. “Quite frankly, customers will be surprised by the quantity of users that can be supported from the UCS E-Series server blades inside the ISR router while only taking up the space of a 2U server.”

In an interview with Channel Futures in April, Glendenning said the U.K. company’s 100 percent channel-led go-to-market strategy is bright for U.S.-based partners, with the U.S. being the vendor’s biggest market. At the time, he talked about the growing need to service data processing at the edge and in small data centers, and the increased attention that hyperconverged architecture is getting from businesses.

StorMagic’s “magic” is the company’s design philosophy, a two-server solution that it says is simple, cost-effective and flexible, designed specifically for edge computing, small data centers and branch offices.

StorMagic and Cisco have validated Citrix Cloud workloads on Cisco ISR 4000s with UCS E-Series blade servers, in a 2U footprint. This combined solution delivers secure enterprise-grade networking, compute and storage tuned for the edge, the vendors said. It’s uniquely suited for remote or branch sites that require virtualized user desktops and/or remote access management capabilities to run on premises instead of in a corporate data center. Citrix Workspace workloads that need to run at the edge can now be quickly deployed on a StorMagic, Cisco and Citrix workspace appliance while being managed directly from Citrix Cloud, the vendor said.

“We are relentlessly working to make sure the Citrix Workspace delivers a seamless, secure experience that empowers people to easily get their work done from anywhere, at any time,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president of product marketing, Citrix. “The Citrix Ready validated appliance from StorMagic and Cisco has been specifically tuned for Citrix workloads that need to run at the edge. In addition, this appliance is preconfigured to be quickly and easily deployed and managed through the Citrix Cloud for added simplicity and value.”

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