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Citrix acquires NZ software firm EMS-Cortex
Wed, 23rd Feb 2011
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Bill Burley, Vice President and General Manager of the recently formed Citrix Cloud App Delivery Group, has announced the acquisition of New Zealand-based EMS-Cortex.

“While the company may have a complicated name, their flagship product is anything but,” Burley said. “Since we first launched our CSP program about two years ago, our partners have been giving us rave reviews about how the Cortex Cloud Control Panel makes it easy for service providers and their customers to setup, provision and maintain a wide variety of hosted services from a single, easy-to-use, self-service interface.”

Burley said that once Citrix has taken a closer look at the Cortex technology “we knew we wanted them to be a part of the Citrix family.”

Using the Cortex Cloud Control Panel customers can log in to a website, manage user accounts, assign desktops and add or change the applications or services they receive.

“Services are automatically provisioned and moments later the user can log in and begin working. They can even check usage reports to be sure they are on track. Every cloud service should be this easy,” added Burley.

As well as providing integration with Citrix XenApp, the Cortex Cloud Control Panel supports Microsoft hosting solutions such as Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, OCS, Web Hosting, SQL Server, DNS, RDS, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Virtual Server Hosting with Hyper-V.

“Combined with Citrix technology, now any subscriber can manage and use their applications from any device at any location. For the near term, the Cortex Cloud Control Panel will continue to be offered as a standalone product on a subscription basis, as it was prior to the acquisition,” Burley confirmed.

You can read Burley's full post about the acquisition here.