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Citrix Systems is looking to offer a new layer of security around the virtual desktop.

On June 9, the company released the latest version of its Access Gateway appliance—Version 8.1—now integrated with Citrix XenDesktop, which allows IT departments to create a virtual desktop infrastructure where the desktop images and applications are streamed to the PC from a server housed in the data center.

The integrated Access Gateway feature is part of Citrix’s Delivery Center, a set of technologies that allow for the creation of a virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, that can allow desktop images to be streamed either to the main office or remote locations and branch offices. The Delivery Center will be available in the second half of 2008. Citrix released its XenDesktop product in May.

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