Citrix Systems is using Microsoft's high-profile Worldwide Partner Conference as an opportunity to announce its Express Edition of Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V, designed to take advantage of the virtualization component of Windows Server 2008. Although the Express Edition of the application is free, IT administrators with three or more Hyper-V servers will need to upgrade to Enterprise or Platinum.
rolled out a new Express Edition of its Citrix Essentials for Microsoft
Hyper-V on July 13. Designed to help IT administrators adopting Hyper-V, the
application includes Citrix StorageLink, which streamlines the storage
management process for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System
In addition, the free application allows administrators to leverage
storage-based features such as deduplication, thin provisioning, cloning and
replication. In theory, the use of StorageLink will allow those utilizing
Hyper-V to reduce their storage footprint by as much as 50 percent. Citrix
claims that, for environments with highly duplicated virtual machines,
StorageLink will reduce the storage consumption footprint by nearly 90 percent.
Citrix has been putting emphasis on its free products lately. In June, the
company released XenServer 5.5, a cloud-based virtualization platform with
features such as consolidated backup, Active Directory integration and search
tools. In the case of XenServer, Citrix's use of "free" was part of a
strategy intended to accelerate the rate of virtualization adoption within the
"Traditionally, the overwhelming majority of server virtualization
implementations have aggregated VMs into a single file system, preventing a
large percentage of applications from being virtualized due to inadequate
performance and stability," Gordon Mangione, vice president of Citrix's
virtualization and management division, said in a statement. "With
Essentials for Hyper-V, customers can take advantage of the storage systems
they already have."
While the Express Edition of the application can be used with one or two
Hyper-V servers with connectivity to a single iSCSI or Fibre Channel storage
array, IT administrators with three or more Hyper-V servers under management
will need to upgrade to (and pay for) the company's Enterprise Edition or
Platinum Edition. While Citrix Essentials will be compatible with the release
of Windows Server 2008 R2, XenServer environments cannot be managed with the
Along with VMware, Microsoft and other companies, Citrix has been racing to
define the enterprise's virtual infrastructure. Its other products, including Citrix
Access Gateway 8.1 and Citrix Delivery Center, have allowed IT administrators
to create VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure)
that allows desktop images
to be streamed from data centers either on premises or in another location.
Citrix timed its announcement of the Express Edition of Citrix Essentials
for Microsoft Hyper-V to coincide with the start of Microsoft's Worldwide
Partner Conference in New Orleans,
which is running from July 13 to 16. In addition to high-profile speakers such
as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, WPC
will feature demonstrations of a variety of Microsoft flagship products
including Windows 7, Windows Mobile 6.5, Office 2010 and Windows Server 2008.
Perhaps the most highlighted aspect of Windows
Server 2008 has been Hyper-V,
which Microsoft has positioned as a
competitive alternative to offerings from VMware and other companies.