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Citrix updates XenApp, XenDesktop virtualization products

The software vendor also said it will begin offering two new servicing options to keep up with industry trends.

Citrix on Monday announced the release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 and 7.8, as well as new servicing options for the virtualization platforms.

The software vendor said the 7.7 release, which was officially rolled out in December, focuses on new cloud provisioning and collaboration optimizations between Citrix and Microsoft.

The 7.8 release, which is set for general availability sometime this quarter, is designed to enhance application management delivery and increase server scalability.

Citrix also said it will begin offering additional servicing options for XenApp and XenDesktop. There now will be a "long term" option, which allows enterprises to retain a particular release for an extended period of time, with minor updates. Conversely, the new "extended support" option continues the rapid release cycles customers are used to today.

Tying all of this together is Citrix' acquisition of Comtrade's SCOM management packs. The deal, which was also announced Monday, will provide users with end-to-end monitoring and single-pane visibility into the entire Citrix desktop virtualization, network and mobility environment, Citrix said.

Earlier this morning Citrix revealed that it has sold its two cloud infrastructure management products to Accelerite, which is owned by Persistent Systems. The primary products include CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager, both of which are based on open source CloudStack.

The cloud sale stems from restructure plans Citrix first announced in November, including the spin off its GoTo business and affiliated products. Interim CEO Robert Calderoni said at the time that Citrix would unload businesses that were not directly linked to the company's enterprise unit, which includes XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile, ShareFile and NetScaler.

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