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Citrix Virtualization Infrastructure to Support Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Citrix XenServer and Citrix XenDesktop to Provide Interoperability and Cross Compatibility with the Windows Platform

Citrix Systems announced details of its expanded alliance with Microsoft to offer full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. This will help ensure interoperability and cross compatibility with the Windows platform for both desktop virtualization solutions with Citrix XenDesktop as well as for server virtualization solutions with Citrix XenServer.

This announcement further extends the company’s long-standing support for the Windows Server platform as the foundation for its flagship product Citrix Presentation Server. Presentation Server provides a complete system for delivering Windows-based applications in the enterprise. The 18-year relationship between the companies, as well as the commitment to continual innovation on the Windows platform has vastly expanded interoperability and further extends the array of Citrix dynamic virtualization services for Microsoft customers.

“We’ve built a tremendous partnership with Microsoft by helping customers gain greater value from their investments in Microsoft technologies. Extending our innovations to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V enables us to continue to deliver the industry’s broadest virtualization infrastructure that leverages the Windows platform,” said Mark Templeton, president and CEO, Citrix Systems. “The datacenter is rapidly becoming the head-end for delivering applications and desktops from a dynamic server infrastructure. Providing expanded choice and powerful solutions for desktop, application and server virtualization demonstrates Citrix leadership and our shared vision with Microsoft.”  

Adding Value to Windows Server 2008
Citrix virtualization infrastructure products leverage a broad array of “dynamic virtualization services” that provide core components of an end-to-end virtual infrastructure. These enabling technologies range from core innovation in virtual delivery protocols to breakthroughs in application workload streaming. Upcoming dynamic virtualization services such as real-time virtual machine (VM) streaming, VM interoperability, high-performance VM storage and VM high availability will allow Citrix to further extend Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in the future through XenServer for server virtualization and XenDesktop for desktop virtualization.  

As part of the company’s VM interoperability services, Citrix is also developing technology to enable the portability of virtual machines between XenServer and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. By supporting both the Xen hypervisor and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Citrix will allow IT organizations to leverage heterogeneous virtualization environments for different workloads, datacenters, or business units within an organization.

“Microsoft and Citrix share a common vision with a focus on developing an end-to-end computing environment that is flexible, dynamic and responsive to business change,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “By helping to ensure interoperability of existing and new technology platforms such as Windows Server 2008, we move beyond technical and total cost of ownership value to delivering greater business agility and strategic value for all of industry partners.”

Citrix End-to-End Virtualization Solution
Citrix offers the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end virtualization portfolio:

  • Virtualizing Windows-based servers with XenServer.  
  • Delivering Windows-based applications with Presentation Server.  
  • Virtualizing Windows-based desktops with XenDesktop.

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