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Citrix CloudBridge (formerly Branch Repeater) turned in respectable performance, but failed to wow us on any front and had more bugs than expected for a v7 release. The lack of strong traffic management and exportable visibility features kept it out of the top ranks of products. Network managers who use XenDesktop might be tempted to pick Citrix for network optimization, but there is no advantage there -- XenDesktop is already optimized, and except for heavy mapped drives or printing use, there’s not much anyone can do to speed XenDesktop, including Citrix. CloudBridge may be a re-launch of an old product, but Citrix needs a heavier engineering investment before it will be competitive.

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