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Citrix Makes New Virt Moves

Citrix is like the Rodney Dangerfield of virtualization. While Rodney got no respect, Citrix doesn't get enough. That's because industry watchers focus on the server hypervisor providor, such as VMware, Hyper-V and Xen. And Citrix is only doing okay.

But today, the hypervisor doesn't much matter. After all, they are largely free.

The virt market has matured to the point where the battle is over management, new forms of virt and applications. Measured on these counts, Citrix is doing very well and upped the ante in several areas last week at its annual Synergy show.

Here's a quick rundown:

There's a new XenClient. While bare-metal server hypervisor are all the rage, this is reportedly the first bare-metal client hypervisor. Intel even played a role in the hypervisor, making it sure it is optimized for Intel's latest virt-ready chips. HP showed off machines built just for XenClient, making them multiplatform as soon as you fire 'em up.

Citrix is also still serious about server virtualization, and announced XenServer 5.6, with better load balancing, memory management and power savings.

Do you use Citrix? What do you think of the company and its products?
Share the news at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on May 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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