Microsoft, Citrix Expand Partnership

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-09-11 Print this article Print

Microsoft and Citrix already are expanding their partnership, with Citrix having committed to standardize on Microsofts VHD image format as a common run-time environment for both virtualized operating systems and applications. As a result, future versions of Citrixs Presentation Server, Desktop Server and virtual appliance solutions will adopt Microsofts VHD format, while Microsoft plans to adapt a future version of its SoftGrid Application Virtualization for both the desktop and Terminal Services to the VHD format, David Roussain, vice president for Citrixs virtualization systems group, told eWEEK.
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"By standardizing on a common virtualization format for both operating systems and applications, Microsoft and Citrix will enable customers to run interoperable solutions that can be centrally managed using our technologies," he said. Asked about Microsofts history of publishing competing standards that many felt were not open, Roussain said the company published the standard to open up the market to as many players as possible and create an ecosystem around it. "Microsoft wants to offer people choice, and it is enabling that here," he said. "Citrix is helping promote choice and setting the groundwork for the explosion of virtualization as it goes mainstream. The next big billion-dollar business for us is desktop virtualization, and we are aggressively working on the technology for that." For a closer look at server virtualization management, take part in Ziff Davis Enterprises live, interactive eSeminar Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. EDT. The acquisition of XenSource, which supports VHD as its native run-time format for virtual machines, will extend Citrixs capabilities into both server and desktop virtualization, Roussain said. Microsoft and Citrix will also collaborate on emerging virtualization technologies and virtual infrastructure management tools to help ensure interoperability and simplified administration for end users. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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