Global Leaders in Mobile Phone Virtualization and Application
Delivery Solidify Partnership to Enable Mobile Access to Enterprise
and Desktop Applications
CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/05/09 -- Open Kernel Labs (OK
Labs) and Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), today announced plans
to provide a set of solutions for delivering enterprise applications
to mobile devices based on mobile-to-enterprise virtualization (M2E).
This strategy builds on Citrix's recent investment in OK Labs and
reinforces the companies' shared vision of virtualization for all
devices, from Windows desktops and netbooks, to smartphones and
mobile internet devices. The combined technologies, including Citrix
application delivery infrastructure and the OKL4 mobile phone
virtualization solution, will provide easily deployed and securely
managed access to enterprise and desktop applications from wireless
Together, OK Labs and Citrix will enable end users to leverage a
single device by moving between corporate and personal worlds without
risk of compromising company data, applications, or networks.
Mobile-to-enterprise virtualization will also enable user
personalization preferences and a "bring your own device" (BYOD)
option to the corporate environment.
OK Labs and Citrix are uniquely positioned to comprehensively extend
enterprise application delivery onto the broadest range of mobile
devices. OK Labs already goes to market with mobile network operators,
device OEMs, OS vendors, and semiconductor suppliers and Citrix's
enterprise reach and channel will be a perfect vehicle to consume the
capabilities of the OK Labs enabled mobile devices.
"Citrix has 100 million daily users and the OKL4 microvisor is
already deployed in over 300 million devices," said Steve Subar,
President and CEO of OK Labs. "The intersection between OK Labs
sizeable deployment in handsets -- from Sony Ericsson, HTC, Motorola,
Toshiba, LG and others -- and the Citrix mobile device technology
available -- for iPhone, Windows Mobile, RIM and Symbian phones --
creates new opportunities across the mobile/internet ecosystem, from
MNOs, to handset OEMs, semiconductor suppliers, and enterprise IT."
Extending application delivery to mobile devices is the next logical
play for virtualization, one that highlights tangible benefits for
mobile phone users. "Working together on mobile-to-enterprise
virtualization (M2E), Citrix and OK Labs will enable handset OEMs,
MNOs, or enterprises to deliver enterprise applications and content
to any mobile device through an OK Labs implementation of Citrix
Receiver for the OK Labs mobile phone virtualization platform," said
Martin Duursma, Vice President, Citrix Labs. "Today's announcement
broadens the Citrix vision of Project Independence for local desktop
virtualization and desktop computing and applies it to enterprise
application and desktop delivery into mobile devices."
Why virtualization for mobile devices?
"As virtualization reaches out from the server room to make the
desktop just another enterprise infrastructure asset, these handheld
devices will be next," said Rachel Chalmers, research analyst at 451
Group. "They're easily capable of functioning as mobile enterprise
application end-points. They're going to need exactly the same kinds
of security, policy enforcement and central manageability as anything
else in the modern, Web 2.0-friendly, regulatory-compliant
Who will benefit from mobile-to-enterprise virtualization (M2E)?
-- Enterprise IT by addressing corporate security requirements for
corporate data, while meeting end-user personalization preferences
-- Mobile phone users with the ability to quickly navigate, open, view,
and get secure access to content and applications in the corporate
partition of the mobile phone, while maintaining ability to move between
personal and corporate worlds with a single mobile device of their choice
-- Handset OEMs and their channels through reduced costs and development
time and by growing device sales to the enterprise
-- Semiconductor suppliers who can save time/money when a common and
consistent software architecture is portable across a broad range of
-- Mobile network operators by generating revenues from enterprise
services pushed to mobile phones
Open Kernel Labs
Open Kernel Labs is the global leader in open source virtualization
software for mobile devices, consumer electronics and embedded
systems. Backed by the largest, independent team of microkernel
developers, the OKL4 microvisor is deployed on more than 300 million
mobile phones worldwide. Chipset suppliers, handset OEMs, and mobile
network operators depend on OK Labs to deliver high performance
solutions that decrease BOM cost, reduce complexity and speed
For information on the OK Community, please visit the Community
Portal at www.ok-labs.com/community/community-portal. Participants
can join the Developer's Mailing List at
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) is the leading provider of
virtualization, networking and software as a service technologies for
more than 230,000 organizations worldwide. Its Citrix Delivery Center,
Citrix Cloud Center (C3) and Citrix Online Services product families
radically simplify computing for millions of users, delivering
applications as an on-demand service to any user, in any location on
any device. Citrix customers include the world's largest Internet
companies, 99 percent of Fortune Global 500 enterprises, and hundreds
of thousands of small businesses and prosumers worldwide. Citrix
partners with over 10,000 companies worldwide in more than 100
countries. Founded in 1989, annual revenue in 2008 was $1.6 billion.
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U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their
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and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other
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