Citrix announced the availability of CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0, a cloud services delivery platform that the company says will enables enterprises to unify the commerce, user management, provisioning and operational aspects of a cloud into a single interface for delivering “anything-as-a-service.”

CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0 allows cloud developers to transform general purpose cloud infrastructures into consumable business services, Citrix says. It says the announcement release further expands its vision for helping businesses of all types and sizes build clouds the way the world’s most successful clouds are built.

Operating a cloud as a business, internally or externally, can be a difficult task without the right set of tools to connect cloud services to business operations and end-users, Citrix says. Building infrastructures to meet elasticity and resource pooling requirements of the cloud is already well-defined, but the challenge has been delivering cloud services in a meaningful and accessible way to all users.

With CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0, businesses can move their cloud services strategy beyond infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to include applications, workloads and services with a platform for metering, managing and delivering them to users through a simple, self-service catalog.

Key features of CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0 include the Custom Cloud Services Catalog, which allows companies to create a custom catalog of services; and metering and monitoring that lets organizations track service usage with real- time reports and proactively monitor system health with built-in alerts.

“As many Citrix cloud builders look beyond IaaS, CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0 provides them the open architecture they need as they plan migrations to complete IT-as-a-Service offerings,” Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and general manager, Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix, said in a statement.

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