Cisco and Citrix have partnered on a prepackaged solution that pairs networking and desktop-virtualization technology into a holistic system.
Cisco and Citrix unveiled a prepackaged solution that
combines the former's networking technology with the latter's desktop
virtualization software, in theory creating a cost-effective way for businesses
to deploy high-definition virtual desktops and applications.
With businesses trending towards a decentralized IT model, and with employees and their varied devices spread
over a wide geographical area, virtualization has increasingly been seen by
many IT administrators as a vital tool for managing systems and distributing
In a Sept. 7 press conference, both companies angled the
combination of Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System)
with Citrix XenDesktop technologies as a way for businesses to accelerate and
simplify their virtualization adoption. For end-users, the universal Citrix
Receiver software client allows access to corporate desktops and applications
from not only PCs, but also smartphones and tablets. For IT administrators, the
solution's tools allow for controlling, installing, and updating devices across
a business from one central location.
"By combining our innovations in unified computing with
industry-leading desktop virtualization, from Citrix, we are delivering an
integrated solution that drives down the cost and complexity of virtual desktop
environments, while improving security and operational control," Prem Jain,
senior vice president of Cisco's Server, Access and Virtualization Technology
Group, wrote in a Sept. 8 statement.
The solution leverages Cisco's UCS to lower data-center
infrastructure costs per user, through a combination of higher user density per
system and tight integration of network computing and virtualization. Citrix's
XenDesktop technology can be used to customize users' systems for virtual
applications that fit specific security and performance needs; a series of
customized kits for XenDesktop user scenarios could accelerate deployment
times. Overall, the merging of technologies is meant to increase security and
enterprise-wide virtualization support, while reducing the overall price tag
for such services.
Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution with Citrix XenDesktop
is available through joint channel partners. Both Cisco and Citrix are offering
coordinated support, in addition to hardware and software.
recently announced the acquisition of virtualization-management software maker
, which will add life-cycle management capabilities to Citrix's
OpenCloud platform. The acquisition will also give Citrix a self-service
interface for XenServer, a key part of that OpenCloud platform. The company is
also busy integrating OpenStack, its open-source orchestration and management
technology being developed in conjunction with Rackspace, Dell, NASA and other
Cisco also has a long tradition of embracing virtualization,
partly in an attempt to head off similar initiatives from the likes of HP
ProCurve and Juniper.