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Octoblu Overview

Octoblu (now part of Citrix) is a full-stack Internet of Things messaging and automation platform that enables companies to create IoT services with secure real-time exchange of data.

Octoblu's IoT services are built on our open source Meshblu platform, an open communications and management platform that supports a variety of protocols for physical devices to communicate seamlessly with each other, people, and web services. Through public, private, or hybrid clouds users can connect, design, process, and analyze the flow of information. All services have been designed through a robust security and right management architecture.

Our IoT platform can run as a SaaS offering in our cloud or as an on-premise private cloud or as an edge/mesh network in a home, car, construction site, retail store, emergency room, smart city, etc.

Even better, the entire Octoblu IoT stack can run on Intel, Dell, and HPE IoT Gateways!


Octoblu is a full-stack Internet of Things platform capable of automating solutions in any vertical market. Approximately 80% of our IoT stack is open source with over 800 repositories available on GitHub.


Octoblu connects smart devices, wearable devices, sensors, cars, homes, offices, robots and web services (REST APIs) together via our global mesh network!

Our platform allows like and unlike devices to communicate using HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, CoAP, XMPP, and AMQP. Additional protocols such as AllJoyn, BLE, SNMP etc. can be bridged into Octoblu using our Gateblu gateway. We prefer to connect things to Octoblu via their native protocols. We also connect all of Citrix's products and third-party REST APIs together.


Octoblu’s drag-and-drop designer makes automation simple. It's powerful enough to handle complex interactions, yet simple enough for even non-engineers to use. Just drag, drop, and deploy, without ever writing a single line of code.

Engineers can extend designs beyond our out-of-the-box tools. Our designer includes a function node allowing engineers to write JavaScript routines to extend payloads etc. It also includes REST operators for interacting with private APIs. Engineers can also write Gateblu plug-ins for adding smart devices to Octoblu.

Computing Engine

Automated workflows are stored securely and are designed to run with high availability. Our secure environments are flexible enough to run in a cloud, laptop or microcomputer, and can be hosted publically or privately.

Everytime you press the "play" button in the designer, your automation is deployed to our real-time computing engine. It runs forever (or until you stop it).

Mesh Network

Octoblu’s Meshblu platform is the core communication layer of our offering. It is a secure, cross-protocol scalable cloud-based system enabling communication between smart devices, sensors, cloud resources, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, and any other IP based hardware device, non-IP based hardware device or software API.

IoT Gateway

Gateblu is the Octoblu gateway offering and is the smart software hub working within the Octoblu platform connecting to Meshblu any smart device that has an IP address and any not-so-smart devices lacking an IP address. This software based hub is supported on Mac, Linux or Windows operating systems as well as iOS and Android for mobile operations.


Stream sensor data and machine-to-machine instant messages to bigdata stores in real-time!

Our bigdata forwarding adapters currently support Splunk, ElasticSearch, TempoIQ, InitialState, Intel Analytics, and Microsoft Analytics. As trends and anomolies are detected, these analytics platforms can call Octoblu webhooks and trigger automations to close the loop on machine learning and actions.

Microcontroller OS

Tentacle is Octoblu’s Microcontroller Operating System that allows the connection of Arduino compatible devices to Meshblu with or without the use of a CPU. This allows you to control the voltage of any GPIO pin on the device as well as stream analog and digital sensor data into Meshblu.

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With the market for smart devices growing exponentially, IoT is becoming an increasingly critical component of enterprise IT strategies. In conjunction with the Citrix enterprise suite, Octoblu offers a powerful solution for automating, monitoring, and analyzing the connected enterprise workspace.

With Octoblu, Citrix is pioneering the Future of Work, where context-aware environments synthesize data from a variety of sources to respond to the needs of the user.

Workspace Automation

  • Launch a personalized desktop when you approach a shared workstation
  • Start your next GoToMeeting or Skype for Business meeting when you enter a conference room
  • Automatically save your documents to ShareFile
  • Auto-connect to nearby printers via beacons
  • System Automation

  • Automate Workflow approvals for XenApp StoreFront
  • Collect, analyze, and respond to data from customers, employees, and office buildings
  • Automate system monitoring, notifications, logging, and debugging
  • Integrate with big-data analysis tools like Splunk and ElasticSearch
  • Adjust the office lights or air-conditioning to reduce energy costs
  • Additional IoT Use Cases

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Connected Cars
  • Smart Cities
  • Construction / Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Home Automation
  • Partners

    • Intel
    • Microsoft
    • IBM
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Google
    • HPE
    • Cisco
    • Splunk
    • Plivo
    • Local Motors
    • firstbuild
    • Thingsee

    Checkout our open source IoT projects!


    Platform Specifications

    Octoblu is a full-stack Internet of Things platform capable of automating solutions in any vertical market. Approximately 80% of our IoT stack is open source (everything in green below) with over 800 repositories available on GitHub.

    Protocols Supported

    • HTTPS
    • WebSockets
    • MQTT
    • CoAP
    • XMPP
    • AMQP
    • AllJoyn (via Gateblu)
    • BLE (via Gateblu)
    • Wink (via Gateblu)
    • Insteon (via Gateblu)
    • OSC (via Gateblu)


    • Arduino
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Particle
    • LightBlue Bean
    • Beagle Bone
    • Intel Curie
    • Intel Edison
    • Intel Galileo
    • Tessel
    • SnickerDoodle

    Gateblu OS Support

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iOS

    BigData Support

    • Splunk
    • Elastic Search
    • Intel Analytics
    • Microsoft Analytics
    • TempoIQ
    • Initial State