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Citrix Plans 'Constellation' to Coincide with Windows Longhorn

At its iForum conference in Las Vegas this week, Citrix unveiled a major technology initiative that will provide the foundations for “next generation” virtualization products it plans to introduce in the same timeframe as Microsoft’s Windows “Longhorn” server.

Codenamed “Project Constellation,” the initiative “comprises new innovative technologies that have been under development for the past two years and will result in many new application virtualization products, features and options,” Mark Templeton, president and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company said in a statement.

Although Citrix officials disclosed few details regarding Constellation, they said the technologies fall into six areas: system health monitoring, automatic load balancing, graphics acceleration, service level agreement monitoring and management, on-demand system configuration, and improved access compliance.

Microsoft’s follow-on to Windows Server 2003 R2, still codenamed “Longhorn” server, is currently due out sometime in 2007.

“Constellation represents our vision of the future of application virtualization,” Templeton added.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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