Hewlett-Packard and Citrix Systems are looking to combine virtualization and PC blades to allow a more centralized desktop infrastructure. Citrix's XenDesktop 3 virtualization software will be integrated with new HP BladeSystem PC blades that are based on AMD processors. HP also offers different hardware bundles with VMware's virtualization software.
are looking to offer their customers easier ways to build out
centralized computing infrastructures using desktop virtualization technology.
On Feb. 11, HP announced that it plans to integrate Citrix's recently
released XenDesktop 3 product with a pair of its own BladeSystem PC blades that
are scheduled to hit the market in March. The two new HP PC blades-the BladeSystem
bc2800 and bc2200-are based on Advanced Micro Devices processors.
For years, HP
has touted its blade architecture as a more efficient way to pack more compute
into data centers that are at maximum capacity when it comes to
space, power, heating and cooling. By using virtualization, HP and Citrix aim
to allow IT departments to run even more desktop images from a single PC blade.
one of the world's top makers of server systems and blades, HP
with other virtualization vendors that bundle and integrate their hypervisors
into the hardware itself. HP
has had a long-standing relationship with VMware-still considered the world's
leader when it comes to x86-based virtualization
-as well as with smaller
vendors, such as Virtual Iron Software.
The HP BladeSystem bc2200 PC blade is based on a single-core AMD
Athlon 64 processor, while the BladeSystem bc2800 uses a dual-core AMD
Turion X2 TL-66 processor. Both blades use ATI
graphics and they each offer 8GB of main system memory along with an 80GB hard
disk drive and pair of Broadcom 10/100 Ethernet adaptors.
The two new PC blades both fit within HP's BladeSystem enclosure.
has been making an aggressive push to show that its Xen-based virtualization
products can compete with VMware.
On Feb. 4, Citrix
released Version 3 of XenDesktop,
which improves the number of virtual
machines a piece of hardware can support. XenDesktop 3 also offers better
graphics capabilities through the use of HD-X technologies.
Citrix is also offering its Delivery Center Suite,
which includes Citrix XenDesktop, XenServer and App Receiver, as way to create
a virtual desktop infrastructure. The suite can deliver virtual desktop images
from a centralized data center to the individual PC.