Google plans to broaden its current partnership with Citrix to include G Suite and the Google Cloud Platform, according to a Google blog and VentureBeat. Under the expanded agreement, users will now be able to run virtual desktop environments on Google's cloud infrastructure using Citrix Cloud.
Google is also touting the ability to deliver application load balancing to the world of containers via Netscaler CPX on GCP, according to the Nan Boden, head of Global Technology Partners, Google Cloud.
The companies also announced they are integrating Sharefile with G Suite to use Gmail and edit and store Google Docs natively and expanding use of secure devices with Citrix Receiver for Chrome and Android link, according to the Google blog.
Google and Citrix have collaborated for years, but this latest move, Google says, is designed to help make it easier for enterprises to move to the cloud quickly and securely. Tech companies are increasingly focused on making products work together in order to improve the customer experience.
Amazon Web Services is also working with Citrix on virtual desktops and has found success with its cloud virtual desktops, called WorkSpaces. This move by Google is an effort to ensure it continues to grow the access of its productivity tools and keeps pace with AWS.