Citrix rolls out Secure Browser to lock down delivery of browser-based apps

The software vendor says Secure Browser allows IT departments to ensure applications can be delivered to employee devices with zero endpoint configuration or plugins.

Citrix on Thursday rolled out a new family of browser products aimed at securing the delivery of browser-based apps.

The software vendor says Secure Browser allows IT departments to ensure that both web and internally hosted applications can be delivered to employee devices with zero endpoint configuration or plugins.

Instead, administrators pre-define the web browser and plugins required to access a web application, and end users can then access them via a URL. The app is delivered virtually to the user's preferred browser for an additional layer of security between the network and the employee's device.

Citrix is offering Secure Browser as a fully hosted service starting at $20-per-user-per-month. For customers who prefer to deploy the software rather than purchase it as a service, XenApp Secure Browser is available as a perpetual license for $150 per user or device. Existing XenApp and XenDesktop customers get it for free.

In January, Citrix announced the release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 and 7.8, as well as new servicing options for the virtualization platforms. The releases focused on new cloud provisioning and collaboration optimizations between Citrix and Microsoft.

Around the same time Citrix revealed that it sold off its two cloud infrastructure management products to Accelerite, which is owned by Persistent Systems. The primary products included CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager, both of which are based on open source CloudStack.

The cloud sale stems from restructure plans Citrix first announced in November, including the spin off its GoTo business and affiliated products. Interim CEO Robert Calderoni said at the time that Citrix would unload businesses that were not directly linked to the company's enterprise unit, which includes XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, ShareFile and NetScaler.