Citrix Counters VMware with Desktop Virtualization Upgrades

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-11-18 Print this article Print

Citrix's new options include a Dazzle offering for Windows and Macintosh computers and updated versions of Citrix Receiver for Windows and Mac plus the popular iPhone, BlackBerry and Android mobile devices.

The market battle to stake out stronger positions in the desktop virtualization business appears to be heating up.

Only a week after VMware launched a spiffy new edition of its View virtualized desktop, Citrix Systems Nov. 17 announced upgrades to its own desktop virtualization software. Hewlett-Packard continues to upgrade its own VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) offerings every few months, and Microsoft and IBM are also in that game.

Citrix's latest offerings include a new Dazzle installation for Windows and Macintosh computers and new versions of Citrix Receiver for Windows and Mac-plus three popular types of handhelds: iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.

Dazzle is a user application that works with Citrix's XenDesktop and runs on any Windows or Mac computer. It serves as a sort of home page for all corporate applications set up for employees in the virtual desktop system.

Citrix Receiver, which works with Dazzle, is the universal client installed on any of the above devices that employees use to access other corporate applications and desktops. Receiver enables users to bring up the corporate VDI system in a separate window, so VDI and local applications can be run side by side, if necessary.

The first version of Receiver, which launched back in May, has already attracted about 250,000 downloads from Apple's iPhone store, Citrix Vice President of Product Marketing Sumit Dhawan told eWEEK.

Dhawan said desktop virtualization appears to be following a similar adoption curve to server virtualization, which started becoming prevalent in production use about two years ago. The advent of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system also is causing IT managers to look closer at desktop virtualization, Dhawan said.

Citrix Dazzle and Receiver are free of charge to any Citrix XenDesktop or Citrix XenApp customer. Dazzle and Receiver will be made available to all Citrix customers in December.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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