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Citrix puffs profits 64% with cloudy wares

Citrix revenues rose by 17.8 per cent, to $472.2m in the third quarter, while net income climbed 64.3 per cent, to $81.5m. The company is bundling just about every virtual PC, server, and application product that it has into the XenDesktop 4 Swiss army knife while pushing upgrades from XenApp at a discounted price, and the …
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Cisco, Citrix link arms for VDI partner push

Citrix and Cisco are arch enemies in the online meeting racket, with their respective GoTo and WebEx online collaboration services, but they do agree on one thing: virtual desktop infrastructure is such a big market, and such a messy and complex sale, that they must cooperate to realize the potential revenue streams that can …
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UK air traffic controller lands 6,000-seater VDI on flashy Violin arrays

The UK's national air transportation service is basing a 6,000 seat private cloud VDI system on flash arrays from VIOLIN Memory. NATS is the UK's provider of en-route and other air navigation services. It is separate from the Civil Aviation Authority which is the UK’s aviation regulator with responsibilities for airspace policy …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012

Dell uncloaks novel workstation trio, plops one into cloud

Dell has filled out its workstation line with three new machines: a versatile, virtualizable 2U rack-mountable big boy, an entry-level minitower, and the minitower's little brother – which, if a workstation could ever be called "cute", would be a leading candidate for that designation. Speaking at a pre-briefing earlier this …
Rik Myslewski, 16 May 2013
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We were right: EMC's VSPEX will take on FlexPods

EMC has devised a set of converged server system reference templates called VSPEX, offering complete application, soup-to-nuts modular stack designs to be sold and built by its Velocity Partner channel. Customers get faster and simpler implementations while EMC's channel gets additional high-margin business with EMC selling and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2012

Rethinking desktop virtualisation

It used to be simple. Users could either run a local operating system, or use a thin client with screen, keyboard and mouse talking to an operating system running on the server. Today there are many models of desktop virtualisation, and few safe assumptions. It used to be the case that virtual desktops could not handle …
Tim Anderson, 05 May 2011

HP rolls up virty desktop system bundles for SMBs

HP has refreshed its server lineup with the myriad Xeon E5 processors in its ProLiant Gen8 machines, so small and medium businesses now have lots of options from which to choose. But these days, SMBs are not just interested in buying raw iron. Sometimes they want to plunk in a new stack, appliance style, that solves a specific …
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Citrix preps own version of OpenStack

Citrix has announced that it will offer its own version of OpenStack, the open source "infrastructure cloud" platform originally created by NASA and Rackspace. On Tuesday, during a conference with reporters, Citrix chief marketing officer Wes Wasson said that the company would be a "flag bearer" for the OpenStack project and …

Citrix XenServer 6.1 fires live VMs from cannon across servers

Citrix Systems is still in the server virtualization hypervisor racket, although it doesn't make as much noise about it as it used to. The company has released XenServer 6.1 with a bunch of new features that make it competitive with VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V, which is good for existing Xen customers but probably will not …
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HP cranks up bandwidth on BladeSystem sheaths, adds pretty platinum stripe

When Hewlett-Packard launched the BladeSystem blade enclosures nearly seven years ago alongside its "blade everything" strategy, no one but Google was doing custom, high-density machines and it looked like blade servers would be the corporate platform of choice. And so HP built the c7000 chassis, and its smaller "Shorty" c3000 …
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Citrix takes bare-metal hypervisor to PCs

On Wednesday, Citrix Systems kicked out XenClient, a bare-metal (or type 1 in virt lingo) hypervisor aimed at desktop and laptop PCs, perhaps in an attempt to steal a little thunder from VMware and its upcoming VMware View 4.5 virtual desktop infrastructure software, expected to be announced at the VMworld conference in San …
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Citrix beefs up virtual computing

Citrix Systems is hosting its Synergy user conference in Berlin this week, and is using the occasion to roll out a slew of nips, tucks, and tweaks to its various Xen-derived virtualization products and GoTo services. Like everyone else in the world, it seems, Citrix is positioning itself to be the one-stop-shop for connecting …
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Citrix profits soar on hodgepodge of desktop virt

The mish-mash of application, desktop, and server virtualization that make up the Xen family of products seems to be working for Citrix Systems. In the first quarter ended in March, the company's sales were up 12.3 per cent, to $414.3m, and net earnings increased nearly seven fold compared to last year's tepid first quarter, …
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NetApp goes a bundle with OnCommand

NetApp aims to be a best-of-breed supplier of storage to cloud computing stacks. As such, it wants its arrays to be easy to use and manageable at the storage admin and cloud orchestration layer levels. The company is doing by extending and integrating various management software apps under the OnCommand brand and providing API- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2011
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MokaFive's VDI bares it all

Virtual desktop infrastructure upstart MokaFive – which has the audacity to do VDI mostly on the client with only out-of-band management residing on central servers – has delivered its bare-metal hypervisor for its MokaFive Suite 3.0, augmenting hosted VDI that it has been selling for more than two years. The MokaFive BareMetal …
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Forecast calls for Citrix cloud front

Citrix Systems wants to cover your back door and your front door. The virtualization vendor is holding its Synergy 2011 shindig in San Francisco this week, and the product marketeers at the company are pulling out all of the stops to get future products with some sort of cloud angle into the barrage of announcements coming out …
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Citrix delivers Swiss Army Knife desktop virtualization

There are a lot ways to serve applications to end users working from PCs and other devices, and Citrix Systems thinks it has come up with the right combination of options: mix everything together and let companies and end users decide. With XenDesktop 4, announced Monday, Citrix is adding 70 new features to its virtual desktop …

Desktop virt roll-outs: Upfront pain for long-term gain

How can IT departments build a business case for desktop virtualisation? Look at the numbers, says Robin Birtstone - but make sure you see all of them. Ultimately, companies are unlikely to fund a desktop virtualisation project until the numbers look good. How can you build a good return on investment case for virtualising your …
Robin Birtstone, 05 Apr 2011
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Citrix stretches XenServer 6.0 to cover bigger iron

Citrix Systems doesn't make a lot of noise about server virtualization these days, now that the two founders of the Xen project have left to start Bromium. But the company, and the open source Xen project that it sponsors, continues to hammer out code to make Xen a credible alternative to VMware's ESXi, Microsoft's Hyper-V, and …
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Citrix previews bare-metal virt

Citrix Systems shelled out $500m to buy XenSource and get its hands on the Xen open source hypervisor, and it looks like 2010 is shaping up to be the year that the Xen family of products starts to pay back some of that dough. This week, at the Synergy 2010 conference in San Francisco, where Citrix is holding court with customers …
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Citrix desktop virt soars in Q4

Citrix Systems staked its future on virtualization when it shelled out $500m to buy XenSource in August 2007. And while it's arguable that virtualization on servers and desktops has not played out as expected, mashing up system virtualization technologies with existing application virtualization tools to create new products - as …

Citrix: A long run to VMware

What a contrast Citrix Systems and VMware make in the server and desktop virtualization arenas. And who would have guessed that Citrix would have been the more profitable company in the most recent quarter? But it's true. Even though VMware is a somewhat larger company, Citrix trumped them thanks in large part to its vast …
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Virtualisation turns PCs into personal clouds

If IT managers had had it their way decades ago, we would have never been allowed our own personal computers. The whole idea of giving end-users their own computing resources runs counter to the philosophy that data processing is a centralised function best left to professionals. PCs took off, and dragged IT departments into the …
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Windows Server to get dynamic memory with R2 SP1

Microsoft and Citrix Systems hosted a virtual desktop love-in Thursday, talking about how their respective desktop virtualization products mesh well and how the companies will continue to cooperate in the future. Microsoft also lifted the veil on upcoming service packs for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, which have …
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VMware boots up Horizon cloudy app manager

IT managers don't dislike apps, cloud computing, or virtualization, but they need to rein them in and make employees use them in consistent, secure, and responsible ways. And that is what VMware's "Project Horizon" App Manager is all about. "The operating system becomes less and less relevant," Noah Wasmer, director of advanced …
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Citrix chases VMware with Hyper-V deal

Citrix Systems wants to sell anything it can into shops using VMware server and desktop virtualization tools, but it doesn't want to discount XenServer, XenDesktop, and XenApp licenses. What's a vendor to do? Give away free services and training to customers looking to migrate from VMware, of course. The upstart virtualization …
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US Navy puts stops on server spending

The US Department of the Navy is slashing server spending as of last week, with Vice Admiral David Dorsett, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance (how's that for a title?), issuing a directive for all IT operations to get their act together and start virtualizing and consolidating servers and data centers to …
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Citrix ekes out revenue, profit growth

Citrix Systems managed to squeeze out a tiny bit of both revenue and profit growth in the third quarter, despite a big dip in product license revenues. For the quarter ended September 30, product license sales were down 18 per cent to $129.1m. But updates and support for products already sold into Citrix accounts rose by 7 per …
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Nothing to lose but your desktop PCs

Interest in desktop virtualisation is driven by frustration with desktop PCs and laptops. Maintenance, security, regulatory compliance – all are managed more easily with desktops that live on the server or in the data centre. Users still need physical devices but if you use either a thin client or a virtual machine synchronised …
Tim Anderson, 12 May 2011
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Microsoft and Citrix mix 'n' match fake desktops

Citrix Systems and Microsoft are co-mingling some of their virtual desktop technologies. But Redmond stopped short of endorsing the XenClient bare-metal PC hypervisor that chip maker Intel and Citrix are working on for delivery later this year. Announced today at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, the …
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Citrix tunes XenApp for Windows Server R2

Citrix has unveiled XenApp 6 after re-architecting the product from the ground up to take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2. While Citrix Systems is busy mixing and matching its various application, server, and PC virtualization products, XenApp - formerly known as Presentation Server and the software that …
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Citrix gives away more virtual goodies

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday, server-virtualisation challenger Citrix Systems will up the ante - or more precisely, lower the price-barrier to entry - for virtualisation tools to manage virtual Windows machines. It will launch a freebie version of its Citrix Essentials virtualisation tool set that works …
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Citrix buys stake in virtual desktopper

Citrix Systems has just bought a little insurance in its ongoing battle against VMware and others over virtualizing corporate desktops by investing in a startup called Kaviza. The economic meltdown and the transition to Windows 7 on the desktop have all vendors of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products all rubbing their …
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Oracle VDI now mates with both Solaris and Linux

Oracle has released an update to its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, better known to one and all as VDI. Version 3.3 adds support for Oracle Linux, a tricked-out admin portal, and – at least according to Larry & Co. – improved performance. VDI 3.3 is but the latest step on the long and winding "network computer" road. Oracle …
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Citrix gooses XenApp with virtualization

As if keeping track of the many similarly named products coming from Citrix Systems in the wake of its acquisition of virtualization upstart XenSource was not difficult enough, now Citrix is mixing and matching formerly separate technologies to give customers new ways to get centrally controlled applications out to corporate …
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iPad runs Windows, Nokia runs OSX

Citrix has been demonstrating Windows 7 running on an iPad, as a dumb client at least, while a Finn has hacked OSX to the N900 for no very good reason. Images of Apple's iPad running Windows 7 have been floating around the internet thanks to Citrix, which has got its dumb-terminal Windows client running for the BOFH who wants to …
Bill Ray, 02 Feb 2010
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A cacophony of clients

There was a time when technology was only sexy for a narrow subset of people. These were the folks, like me, who spent their weekends programming sprites in 68000 assembly language. Then, consumerisation happened, and the world was never the same again. Suddenly, everyone was a geek, and the IT department was in serious trouble …
Robin Birtstone, 17 Mar 2011

VMware double-stuffs profits in Q4

Server and desktop virtualization juggernaut VMware said that it saw the strongest "budget flush" in the fourth quarter of 2010 since it went public more than three years ago, and the extra spending helped pump revenues a bit and profits a lot. In the quarter ended December 31, 2010, VMware reported revenues of $835.7m, up 37.4 …

iPhone gets virtual Windows desktop

Virtual desktop provider Citrix has, again, announced it'll be developing a client for the iPhone, providing the option of a Windows desktop on an iPhone: albeit at a distance. Citrix runs services such as GoToMyPC that allow remote access to desktop computers, as well as more comprehensive virtual desktop products that allow …
Bill Ray, 11 Dec 2008
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Citrix and Intel go to bare metal to virtualize PCs

Intel and hypervisor provider Citrix Systems are announcing a joint collaboration that will see a bare-metal hypervisor based on the commercial variant of the Xen hypervisor delivered later this year. While there are a number of different ways that you can use hypervisors to virtualize your x86 or x64 desktop or laptop computer …
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Citrix tries to woo crowds with XenApp 5

Citrix Systems yesterday announced the imminent release of XenApp 5, in its latest attempt to strengthen its hold on the data centre and desktop virtualisation market. XenApp 5, XenServer and XenDesktop will all be slotted into what the company has dubbed the Citrix Delivery Centre product line to create an “end-to-end …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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Xen 4.0 adds Remus fault tolerance

The open source Xen project finally caught up to VMware in the release numbering wars, kicking out the 4.0 release of its eponymous hypervisor for servers and desktops. Xen 4.0 follows Xen 3.4.2, which was announced last November, and Xen 3.4.1, which came out last August. Both are still being absorbed by Citrix Systems and …
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Citrix plunks NetScaler into virtual machines

Citrix Systems is hosting its annual Synergy user conference in Las Vegas this week, and the company will be fleshing out its application, server, and desktop virtualization strategy with a number of new products. That all-encompassing virtualization strategy - called Delivery Center - is comprised of four major components that …
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Virtualization can't save Q1 profits for Citrix

Virtualisation may be a hot technology, but making money on any kind of IT right now is a challenge, as the latest financial results from Citrix Systems show. In the first quarter ended in March, Citrix did a better job of pushing up its top line than many of its peers in the IT racket, with sales declining by 2.1 per cent to $ …
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Project Horizon: VMware's plan to restitch the desktop

VMware has released new versions of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and its ThinApp application streaming software, while promising some sort of consumer "cloud identity" offering sometime next year. View 4.5 offers support for the FIPS 140-2 security protocol required by the US government for protecting sensitive …
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Citrix kicks off XenSource era by going bandwagon mad

Citrix will try to impress customers with a healthy dose of the new and old at its iForum conference taking place this week in Las Vegas. Predictably, the new bits stem from Citrix's plans with the freshly acquired XenSource software, while most of the "old" bits concern additions to the venerable Presentation Server. The first …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Oct 2007
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XenSource preaches the joy of platform virtualization

The virtualization hypervisor belongs in server hardware - not in the operating system. So says Xensource, friend and partner of the operating system giants Microsoft, Red Hat and Novell. "Hypervisor will be delivered in hardware. In my view, it's a separate layer [from the operating system] because it's part of the box," …
Paula Rooney, 24 Oct 2007
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HP converges on itself with bulked up storage offering

HP has upgraded its storage offerings as part of a Converged Infrastructure (CI) announcement, making EVAs clusterable, enhancing mid-range dedupe and introducing a new LeftHand iSCSI box. It's announced a raft of new servers as well as storage. CI is HP's integrated IT stack, its response to Cisco entering the server market …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2010

HP confesses love for Citrix with mobile thin client

Like a good partner, HP has rolled out some thin client/virtual desktop bits and pieces this week to complement Citrix's Synergy conference taking place in Houston. HP issued a massive press release to back up what's a relatively short set of announcements. For one, the company is shipping a new mobile thin client device called …
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2008
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Red Hat's standalone hypervisor goes beta

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat threw its, er, red hat into the virtualization ring back in February when it announced it was creating a standalone Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor based on KVM to compete with the likes of VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix Systems. Today, that standalone hypervisor and the tools to manage …