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Citrix Access Control

Learn - PoC Guides

Secure Access to Azure-managed SaaS Applications and Citrix Access Control - Learn how to set up a Citrix Access Control environment that provides enhanced security to Microsoft Azure SaaS Apps.

Secure Access to Internal Web Applications with Citrix Access Control - Learn how to set up VPN-less access to an internal web application with Citrix Access Control, utilizing Citrix-provided SSO.

Secure Access to Office 365 with Citrix Access Control - Learn how to set up a Citrix Access Control environment that provides single sign-on and enhanced security to Office 365.

Secure Access to SaaS Applications with Citrix Access Control - Learn how to set up a Citrix Access Control environment that uses Citrix as the single sign-on provider for SaaS applications.

Secure Access to SaaS Applications with Okta and Citrix Access Control - Learn how to set up a Citrix Access Control environment that is able to use Okta as the single sign-on provider for SaaS applications.

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Access Control - Single sign-on, secure remote access, URL, and content inspection and filtering for SaaS and web applications.

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Access Control for Enterprise Web Apps - Access enterprise hosted web apps seamlessly and securely through Citrix Workspace via Citrix Gateway.

Access Control for SaaS Apps - Single sign-on, secure remote access, URL, and content inspection and filtering for SaaS and web applications.

Design - Reference Architectures

Access Control - Gain knowledge about the Citrix Access Control solution including key concepts, use cases, and strategies for implementing this comprehensive security solution for an organization’s apps and data.

Citrix Analytics

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Analytics - Provide visibility into your environment to protect it from malicious users and to improve the end user experience proactively.

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Performance Analytics - Gain visibility into your environment through user-centric experience scores, application & infrastructure performance scores with Performance Analytics.

Security Analytics - Generate actionable insights about your environment, enabling administrators to proactively handle user and application security threats.

Design - Reference Architectures

Citrix Analytics - Learn about analytics services offered by Citrix Cloud including security analytics, performance analytics, and integration with other Citrix portfolio products.

Citrix Content Collaboration

Design - Reference Architectures

Content Collaboration with on-premises storage zones - Learn about the architecture and design considerations for deploying an on-premises customer-managed storage zone to provide the best user experience and security for Citrix Content Collaboration.

Content Collaboration with storage zones on Azure IaaS - Learn about the architecture and design considerations for deploying a customer-managed storage zone in Azure to provide the best user experience and security for Citrix Content Collaboration.

Build - Deployment Guides

Citrix Files with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - Learn how to deploy the Citrix Files Client for Windows in a virtual app and desktop environment. This article includes related components, tips, and leading practices for optimal performance and management.

Citrix Endpoint Management

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Mobile SSO - Native mobile app single sign-on for iOS and Android SaaS applications.

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Google Chrome OS Management - Manage Chrome OS devices with Citrix Endpoint Management.

MDX Containers for iOS - Citrix Endpoint Management MDX containers protect mobile apps and control their access to device resources through policy mitigating the risk of unwanted enterprise data loss.

Micro VPN - On-demand, per-app VPN that gives access to a specific app back end resource without the risk of opening a full tunnel to your data center.

Mobile SSO - Single sign-on to native mobile applications via Citrix Gateway.

Design - Reference Architectures

Citrix Endpoint Management with Microsoft EMS/Intune and Android Enterprise Integration - Learn about the architecture and integration with Microsoft EMS/Intune and Android Enterprise to deliver applications securely to any device and how it enables security and productivity benefits for both Microsoft EMS/Intune and Citrix customers.

Build - Deployment Guides

Migration from Android Device Administrator to Android Enterprise with Citrix Endpoint Management - Learn how to migrate your Citrix Endpoint Management policies and apps step by step. Take your Endpoint Management from a legacy Android Device Administrator deployment to Android Enterprise by using a managed Google Play account.

Citrix Managed Desktops

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Citrix Managed Desktops - Delivers Windows apps and desktops from Microsoft Azure based on Windows Virtual Desktop. Citrix Managed Desktops offers cloud-based management, provisioning, and managed capacity for delivering virtual apps and desktops to any device.

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Citrix Managed Desktops - Citrix’s Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering - simplest and fastest way to get desktops based on Windows Virtual Desktop in Microsoft Azure.

Design - Reference Architectures

Citrix Managed Desktops - Learn about cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service offering from Citrix including key technical concepts, networking, and use cases for different verticals.

Citrix Networking

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Citrix ADC - File System and Process Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of most common system directories, files, processes/daemons and logs.

Citrix ADC - nFactor Basics Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of nFactor authentication detailing concepts, how it works, nFactor Visualizer information, configuration steps, and more.

Citrix ADC - nsconmsg Commands Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of nsconmsg syntax and troubleshooting tips.

Citrix ADC - SDX Basics and Log File Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of SDX components and how to access them, common SVM ports, LOM configuration, Link Aggregation on the SDX, and Common Log files for both SVM and Citrix Hypervisor.

Citrix ADC - Troubleshooting GSLB MEP Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of GSLB, MEP protocol and troubleshooting tips.

Citrix ADC - Troubleshooting High Availability Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of high availability and troubleshooting tips.

Citrix ADM - Overview Cheat Sheet - One-page summary of the ADM Platform detailing system requirements, deployment modes, protocols and ports, common log files, common issues/failures, and more.

Learn - PoC Guides

nFactor for Citrix Gateway Authentication with Push Token - Learn how to implement an extensible and flexible approach to configuring multi-factor authentication with nFactor for Citrix Gateway authentication with Push Tokens.

SD-WAN Cloud-to-Data Center Connectivity - Learn how to implement Citrix SD-WAN rapidly to provide secure, enhanced, and resilient connectivity between your public cloud and data center environments.

SD-WAN for Home Offices - Learn how to implement a POC of the Citrix SD-WAN 110 appliance to demonstrate how to work from home with secure, enhanced, and resilient connectivity.

Web Application Firewall Deployment - Learn how to deploy Citrix Web Application Firewall (WAF) standalone or as a part of a Citrix ADC deployment. Protect web servers or applications from various attacks including Cross Site Scripting, SQL Injection, Buffer Overflow, Forceful Browsing and more. Deploy in any public cloud or your on-premises environment.

Learn - Tech Brief

Gateway service for HDX Proxy - Provides users with secure remote access to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops without having to deploy Citrix Gateway in the on-premises DMZ or reconfigure firewalls.

Intelligent Traffic Management - Citrix Intelligent Traffic Management (ITM) service brings “intelligence” to DNS by incorporating a broad set of capabilities to determine the best query response based on analysis of real time conditions.

SD-WAN Cloud Direct service - Optimize SaaS access for branch users by tunneling session traffic to Internet Exchanges with direct connectivity to popular sites.

SD-WAN Edge Security - Learn how Citrix SD-WAN Advanced Edition provides Edge Security for your Enterprise network.

SD-WAN for Home Offices - Learn how to work from home with secure, enhanced, and resilient connectivity using the Citrix SD-WAN 110 appliance.

SD-WAN for Workspace - Provides optimal network connectivity between Enterprise branch offices and their Workspace hosted in data resource locations on-premises or in the cloud.

Learn - Tech Insight

AlwaysOn VPN - Manage remote domain joined Windows endpoints 24x7 by providing LAN-like access with AlwaysOn VPN.

Intelligent Traffic Management - Radar - Learn how Citrix ITM can direct users to cloud service mirror sites with the most bandwidth available between them.

Microsoft Teams Optimization - Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, along with Citrix SD-WAN, can optimize Microsoft Teams and provide a great user experience.

Office 365 Optimization for Branch Offices - Learn how Citrix SD-WAN implements Microsoft Connectivity Principles to support Office 365 Optimization for Branch Offices.

SD-WAN - Optimize delivery of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops traffic with Citrix SD-WAN.

YouTube Optimization for Branch Offices - Optimize YouTube delivery in branch offices with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix SD-WAN.

Design - Design Decisions

Citrix SD-WAN for Home Offices - Understand the design decisions required to implement the Citrix SD-WAN 110 in a Home Office to provide secure, enhanced, and resilient connectivity.

Design - Reference Architectures

Application Delivery Controller - Global Server Load Balancing - Learn the architecture and deployment considerations for Global Server Load Balancing configuration with Citrix Application Delivery Controller.

Application Delivery Management - See how the Citrix Application Delivery Management software is deployed to simplify management and monitoring of your application delivery infrastructure.

SD-WAN for Content Collaboration - Learn about the deployment architecture and how Citrix SD-WAN WANOP helps to optimize Citrix Content Collaboration for customer-managed storage zones including relevant test data.

SD-WAN Multi-Region - Discover the framework, design, and architecture for Citrix SD-WAN multi-region deployment with SD-WAN Orchestrator.

SD-WAN - Learn about the framework, design, and architecture for Citrix SD-WAN with SD-WAN Orchestrator for single region deployment.

Citrix Service Providers

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Citrix Service Provider Content Collaboration Workspace Integration - The CSP Content Collaboration Service and Workspace integration simplifies the Citrix Cloud reseller management, customer deployment and provides real-time file sync to data in one secure centrally managed platform.

Citrix Service Provider Virtual Apps and Desktops service Reference Architecture with Azure Active Directory - Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service implementation with Azure Active Directory Domain Services for CSPs Reference Architecture aligns with the use cases described in the CSP Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Reference Architecture to provide guidance and implementation steps to use Azure AD Domain Services.

Citrix Service Provider Virtual Apps and Desktops service Reference Architecture - The CSP Reference Architecture, provides architectural guidance for Citrix Service Providers to utilize the Virtual Apps and Desktops Service, and Citrix Cloud technologies to offer services to customers and subscribers. The Reference Architecture is intended to assist Service Providers scale from a small subscriber base to an extensive user base shared across multiple tenants and multiple geographies, using a single pane of glass.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

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Virtual Apps and Desktops On-prem - Conceptual architecture drawing for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop on-premises deployment.

Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - Conceptual architecture drawing for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop deployment in Citrix Cloud.

Learn - PoC Guides

Automated Configuration Tool - This Proof of Concept guide provides instructions on using an Automated Configuration tool to automate moving your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops configuration to your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service deployment. The tool also supports the use case of moving your configuration between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service deployments.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with Windows Virtual Desktop Hybrid - Learn how to deliver Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) based desktops and apps and on-premises resources to your users in a single place. Manage both the WVD environment in Azure and your on-premises environment from a single place in Citrix Cloud with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service.

Getting Started with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service - Learn how to get started with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service to deliver virtual apps and desktops to your end users while having the management plane hosted on Citrix Cloud.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Federated Authentication for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with Citrix ADC - Learn how to use Microsoft Azure Active Directory as an identity provider for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with Citrix ADC using SAML.

Microsoft Teams optimization in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments - Learn how to deliver the Citrix® HDX™ Optimization for Microsoft® Teams in a Citrix environment. The optimization offers clear, crisp high-definition video calls, audio-video or audio-only calls to and from other Teams users, optimized Teams’ users and other standards-based video desktop and conference room systems. Support for screen sharing is also available.

Remote PC Access with Citrix Virtual Desktops service - Learn how to remotely connect your users working from home to their physical PCs in the office. Quickly connect your on-premises physical machines to Citrix Cloud with Citrix Virtual Desktops service and allow remote access from anywhere and on any device.

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Autoscale - Explore the various ways Citrix enables admins to save on cost when hosting workloads in the cloud. Learn about different load balancing algorithms and scaling methodologies and how much they can save in an environment based on our tests.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service - Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop service enables you to deliver virtual apps and desktops to your end users, while offloading the management plane to Citrix Cloud ensuring your environment is always up to date.

Enhancing Windows Virtual Desktop - Learn about the value add Citrix provides to your Windows Virtual Desktop environment running in Microsoft Azure. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service and Citrix Managed Desktops service provide a cloud-based management, provisioning, and capacity management solution for delivering virtual apps and desktops to any device. See how cost savings can be achieved while delivering a superlative user experience and enhancing the security posture of our deployment.

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App Layering - User Layers - User layers persist user profile settings, data, and user-installed applications in non-persistent VDI environments.

Federated Authentication Service - Single Sign-on to Windows-based virtual apps and desktops when using a non-Active Directory based Citrix Workspace identity.

HDX - Display and Adaptive Technologies - Technologies that ensure an unparalleled user experience when connecting to remote Citrix resources.

Remote PC Access - Remote PC Access allows users to access their physical, office-based Windows PC from remote locations.

Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service provides a fast, low-impact deployment option for on-premises/cloud-hosted, Windows/Linux, desktops/apps.

Design - Design Decisions

Baseline Policy Design - Policies provide the basis to configure and fine-tune Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments, allowing organizations to control connection, security, and bandwidth settings based on various combinations of users, devices, or connection types. Learn about the different decisions related to the baseline policy design.

Baseline Printing Design - Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops supports various printing solutions. It is essential to understand the available technologies and their benefits and limitations to plan and successfully implement the proper printing solution.

Delivery Model Comparison - A Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops solution can take on many delivery forms. The organization’s business objectives help select the right approach as the different models impact the local IT team’s management scope. Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops management scope changes based on using a locally managed deployment, a cloud service deployment and a cloud managed deployment.

Designing StoreFront and Gateway Integration - Learn about the different integration decisions involved when integrating StoreFront with Citrix Gateway for secure remote access.

Designing StoreFront and Multi-Site Aggregation - Learn about the different decisions involved when aggregating and de-duplicating applications and desktops from multiple sites.

Disaster Recovery Planning - Learn more about different decision factors and recommendations for business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

HDX Graphics Overview - To meet different user requirements, the Citrix HDX protocol allows for different graphics modes to be configured. Learn about the different HDX modes and how they are configured.

Provisioning Model for Image Management - Learn about the different decision factors involved in choosing the right provisioning model for image management. Learn more about Citrix Provisioning and Machine Creation Services solutions.

Remote PC Access - Remote PC Access is easy to deploy. These design decisions help maintain security, availability, and performance.

Single Server Scalability - Learn about the magic formula to calculate how many users you can have on a single server, what are the different variables that have an impact on scalability and recommendations to improve it.

The scalability and economics of delivering Citrix Virtual App and Desktop services on Azure - Learn about the different Azure instance type scale characteristics and how MSC I/O enhances the response time for your users. The document guides you through choosing the ideal Azure instance type for your workload and touches upon cost per user.

VDI Model Comparison - Selecting the best VDI model starts with properly defining user groups and aligning the requirements with the capabilities of the VDI models. Learn how different factors play a role in selecting the correct VDI model for a user group.

Design - Reference Architectures

App Layering - Gain a deep understanding of the Citrix Layering technology that simplifies the image management for VDI and hosted-shared environments including use cases and technical concepts.

Image Management - Gain an understanding of Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Citrix Provisioning (PVS) offerings for building, delivering, and maintaining virtual machine images in your environment.

Measuring HDX User Experience Performance Improvements with Citrix SD-WAN - Citrix SD-WAN can significantly improve the network performance of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops HDX sessions. Learn about the reference architecture we used to measure quantitative benefits.

Optimizing Unified Communications Solutions - Learn how to optimize the voice, video, and other capabilities of unified communication solutions in virtualized Citrix environments.

Remote PC Access - Discover the use cases and learn about the detailed architecture of the Citrix Remote PC Access solution with the layered approach for on-premises and Citrix Cloud deployments.

ServiceNow with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops - Learn how to integrate ServiceNow within your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment including key technical concepts and use cases.

Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - AWS - Learn the architecture and deployment considerations of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on an Amazon Web Services cloud platform.

Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - Azure - Learn the detailed architecture and deployment model of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on Microsoft Azure with five key architectural principles.

Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - Learn the architecture and deployment considerations for this cloud-based service of secure app and desktop delivery.

Workspace Environment Management service - Learn about the architecture and deployment considerations for this cloud-based service of Workspace Environment Management.

Build - Deployment Guides

Deploying Azure Files for Citrix Profile Management and Citrix User personalization layers - Learn how to deploy Azure Files for use with Citrix User personalization layers and Citrix Profile Management.

Migrating Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops from on-premises to Citrix Cloud - Learn how to migrate your on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) environment to CVAD service on Citrix Cloud using the Automated Configuration tool.

Migrating Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops from VMware vSphere to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service on Microsoft Azure - Learn how to migrate your on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to Citrix Cloud and your on-premises VMware vSphere to Microsoft Azure.

Build - Tech Papers

Deploying Google Chrome - Tech Paper focused on installation, configuration, and various optimizations for Google Chrome browser running on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

Citrix Workspace

Learn - Diagrams and Posters

Citrix Workspace - Conceptual architecture drawing for Citrix Workspace.

Learn - Tech Brief

Workspace app - Personalized interface that provides access to all assigned SaaS apps, web apps, virtual Windows apps, virtual Linux apps, desktops, and data.

Workspace Identity - Learn how Citrix Workspace utilizes a secure primary identity to broker authorization to SaaS, web, mobile and virtual apps.

Workspace Microapps - Streamline functionality from complex enterprise applications creating simple actions users can complete right within their feed.

Workspace Single Sign-On - Learn how Citrix Workspace provides single sign-on capabilities to SaaS apps, web apps, mobile apps, Windows virtual apps and Windows virtual desktops. In addition, learn how Workspace single sign-on can support IdP chaining configurations.

Learn - Tech Insight

Authentication - Citrix Gateway - Utilize an on-premises Citrix Gateway as an identity provider for Citrix Workspace.

Authentication - Okta - Utilize Okta as the user’s primary identity for Citrix Workspace

Authentication - Push - Extend an on-premises TOTP deployment with Push authentication, eliminating the need for users to manually enter the temporary token.

Authentication - TOTP - Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) provides multifactor authentication to the user’s Workspace experience.

Microapps Custom Integrations - Create custom integrations with the microapp builder through the HTTP connector.

Microapps - Increase productivity by adding microapps to Citrix Workspace. Microapps allow users to view information and perform actions without launching the full application.

Site Aggregation - Hybrid deployment that allows your on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops environments to be part of Citrix Workspace.

VPN-Less Access to Web, Windows and Linux Resources - Learn how users can access internal web apps, Windows/Linux apps and Windows/Linux desktops without a VPN.

Workspace app - Personalized interface to provide access to all assigned SaaS apps, web apps, virtual Windows apps, virtual Linux apps, desktops, and data.

Design - Reference Architectures

Microapps Service with Citrix Workspace - Learn about the microapps platform service, which brings intelligent features to Citrix Workspace. Component architecture, use cases, and integration strategies for implementing a comprehensive solution are covered.

Workspace app - Discover the technical aspects of Citrix’s vision for the secure, modern digital workspace through the Citrix Workspace app - accessible on all your devices.

Build - Tech Papers

Citrix Workspace app quick start guide - Quick start guide for Citrix Workspace app - everything you need to know in one place, including installation, configuration, and optimizations.

Google Cloud Platform

Learn - PoC Guides

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Shared VPC Support with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops - Learn how to use Machine Creation Services (MCS) to provision machines in a Shared VPC on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Then, learn to manage the machines using Citrix Studio.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Windows 10 Sole Tenant with Optional Shared VPC Catalog Creation - Learn to deploy provisioned Windows 10 catalogs to GCP Sole Tenant nodes in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Zone Selection Support with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service - Learn how to configure zone selection on Google Cloud Platform to enable sole tenancy in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service.

Other

Learn - Tech Brief

Business Continuity - Business continuity events can have a regional or global impact. Learn about the different ways Citrix allows users to remain productive when making it to the office is not possible.

Design - Design Decisions

Evaluating Application Delivery Methods - Learn about the different decision factors involved in choosing the optimal application delivery method.

Security

Learn - PoC Guides

App protection policies - Learn how to enhance the security of your endpoints with App protection policies as part of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment. Protect your users with anti-keylogging and anti screen capture functionality.

URL Redirection with Secure Browser and Citrix ADC in Azure - Learn how to provide the dynamic delivery of resources by redirecting browsing to a Secure Browser service protecting the company network without sacrificing user experience.

Learn - Tech Brief

App protection - App protection policies protect application data from attacks based on keyloggers and screen capture tools. Allow companies to embrace BYOD, and extend resources to remote workers, contractors, and gig economy workers.

Zero Trust - Zero Trust is the most important End User Computing movement since Mobile and Cloud. The Citrix Zero Trust Architecture enables the “any-any-any” vision that Citrix has been espousing for years and is secured by access policies that take trust into context.

Design - Reference Architectures

Architectural Considerations for the General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR - Learn how Citrix solutions enable organizations to meet the European GDPR data privacy laws while also meeting business objectives.

Federated Authentication Service - Learn about Federated Authentication Service, authentication delegation and how to use seamless web authentication methods to log in to Windows environments for both Citrix Cloud and on-premises deployments.

Build - Tech Papers

Endpoint Security, Antivirus, and Antimalware Best Practices - Tech Paper focused on proper configuration, and recommendations for running an antivirus solution in Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops environments. Recommended exclusions, configuration, and leading practices.

Networking SSL / TLS Best Practices - Tech Paper focused on SSL / TLS best practices for Citrix Networking deployments. We cover configuration items such as the certificate chain bound to the virtual server, cipher suite settings, and disabling older protocols that are vulnerable to attack.

Third Party Content

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Third Party Reference Architectures - View reference architectures created by our industry partners on joint technical solutions.