Citrix and IBM team up on disaster gear

Worker connectivity in event of mishap is goal of project

Citrix has unveiled a partnership with IBM for a business continuity product to be used by workers after natural disasters and other emergencies.

The product, code-named Project Kent, includes a USB device that works with laptops or other computers to find employees who can no longer work in an office location and to gain access to applications for collaborative efforts. A worker could establish connectivity from wherever a network could be reached after a fire, flood or some other disruption.

Pilot-testing of the Project Kent product will begin next year, says Russ Lindburg, director of business continuity and resiliency services at IBM. The Citrix device will be offered as a part of IBM’s Virtual Workplace Continuity Service.

In addition to Project Kent, Citrix has announced its Dynamic Desktop Initiative with 12 business partners, including IBM and several Windows PC and server manufacturers.

The dynamic desktop concept allows a company to refresh and manage its desktop PCs from datacentres. This can lower management costs and improve performance and flexibility for each user. Citrix announced the move at its annual conference.

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