Citrix to offer free XenServer; Takes shot at VMware

Citrix to offer free XenServer; Takes shot at VMware

Summary: Citrix on Feb. 23 will detail plans to offer free licenses to its XenServer virtualization application and team with Microsoft to swap support.

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Citrix on Feb. 23 will detail plans to offer free licenses to its XenServer virtualization application and team with Microsoft to swap support. Citrix and Microsoft will also extend their 20-year partnership into the virtualization market. 

In a nutshell, Citrix will work with Microsoft to provide system management, Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V. Microsoft's System Center will support XenServer. 

Steven Vaughn-Nichols detailed the Citrix plans on his personal blog. Apparently Citrix briefed a bevy of bloggers about its plan under embargo, but the presentation is flying around in various in-boxes. Vaughn-Nichols notes that Citrix won't open source XenServer, however. 

Add it up though and it's clear that rivals of VMware--Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat--are all cutting deals to gang up on the leading virtualization player. Earlier this week Red Hat and Microsoft teamed up on an interoperability pact

Vaughn-Nichols also notes another interesting thread: 

It’s also expected that at least one of the two major Linux companies, Novell or Red Hat, will announce their support for the new XenServer and Citrix Essentials for XenServer. It is not known, however, which of the companies will be making this jump.

Citrix's presentation offers further details. I received the presentation in my inbox from two different sources. 

This slide highlights Citrix's big plan--along with Microsoft and Red Hat for that matter. The gist: Blow up the pricing models.

Use Microsoft's clout to piggy back on mixed source implementations. This goes back to the frenemy argument. Open source virtualization players are more than happy to work with Microsoft to thwart VMware. 

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Topics: VMware, CXO, Cloud, Hardware, Microsoft, Open Source, Storage, Virtualization

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  • more choices


    It's good now we have more FREE choices for server virtualization from VMWARE, CITRIX etc

    Let's wish there are more choices on the desktop virtualization front too. Currently the 2 big ones are from MS and Citrix only

    I did manage to find an alternative desktop virtualization tool, ThinServer

    http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm
    ThinkFairer
  • RE: Citrix to offer free XenServer; Takes shot at VMware

    Take that VMware! The days of limiting drivers to only DataCenter/Enterprise hosting equipment will soon be over. It is time for the Systems engineer to have hands-on-training and not have to "Borrow" employers cast-off equipment in order to have Host HCL approved hardware.
    michal2000@...
  • So much for "Strict Embargo"

    Larry, if I were an IT product vendor, why would I ever include you or CNET on a press pre-brief ever again?
    meh130@...
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