Web Interface replaced by Citrix Cloud Gateway
Written by Thomas Koetzing
Tuesday, 01 November 2011
At Citrix Synergy Barcelona there where several sessions about Cloud Gateway to replace Web Interface. Interesting that they had also a Q&A with a "CTP friend" to tell people why it's good to move while I was in the audience. Now back in 2009 I already wrote about the death of Web Interface but my whole point was that the release was too early. Web Interface End-Of-Life (EOL) is 2015 and time that I think Citrix actually needs in order for customer to move to Cloud Gateway.
What's Cloud Gateway? Basically just a new product name for existing components like Access Gateway + Web Interface would be the past and now it's Access Gateway + StoreFront = Cloud Gateway Enterprise or just StoreFront = Cloud Gateway Express. Congrats! You are probably a Cloud product owner now! StoreFront again is what was called the Citrix Delivery Services 1.0 now 2.0; all the name changing quite confusing, right.
Ultimately StoreFront replaces Web Interface (Web Receiver) including the service site. Even as a CTP I didn't get the StoreFront beta (guess I know why) so now here you have a first quick report on it. Let's start with, I would NOT advice any of my customers to go with StoreFront now or any time soon (before 3.0 or 4.0 I guess) but see yourself.
|Autolaunch desktops||Yes (file)||No|
|Prevent multi-launch of applications||Yes (file)||No|
|Filter or hide applications||Yes||No (use AG)|
|Tweak ICA parameters||Yes (file)||Yes (file)|
|Messages, Notes etc.||Yes (UI)||No|
|Web UI change through console||Yes||No|
|Software Development Kit (SDK)||Yes||No|
|Pre-populated domain||Yes (UI)||Yes (UI)|
|Pass-through or mixed authentication||Yes||Yes|
|SmartCard, Token authentication||Yes||No (use AG)|
|Access Gateway integration||Yes||Yes|
|Password Manager integration||Yes||No|
|Customize web session timeout||Yes (UI)||Yes (file)|
|Settings per location (IP subnet)||Yes (UI)||No|
|Client proxy settings||Yes (UI)||No|
|Java Client fallback||Yes||No|
|Stateless web sessions||No||Yes|
|Error logging in eventlog||Yes||No?|
UI = Option in console, File = Configured by edit source file.
Personally I think the StoreFront console is missing usability and not very intuitive to use, no workflows, no wizards, very limited information. Again I see a lot of open work for Citrix developers until 2015! Also when I look through the list, Cloud Gateway Expess should come with Access Gateway VPX and FREE platform license for ICA-Proxy (Secure Gateway function).