Microsoft to Buy Desktop Virtualization Company

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-01-21 Print this article Print

The acquisition of Calista Technologies gives legs to Microsoft's end-to-end virtualization strategy.

Microsoft has bought Calista Technologies, which provides graphics technologies for next-generation desktop and presentation virtualization solutions, the company will announce at its Virtualization Deployment Summit in Bellevue, Wash., Jan.22.

Calista produces software that improves the end-user experience of three-dimensional and multimedia content for server-hosted virtualized desktops or applications delivered using Windows Terminal Services.

Microsoft has also extended its alliance with Citrix, which recently acquired XenSource, the open-source virtualization vendor.

The two companies will co-market a portfolio of new client computing offerings based on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Optimized Desktop solutions extended with Citrix's XenDesktop and Presentation Server products and managed by System Center.

The combined offering is intended to give customers simple, flexible and low-cost client computing options, said Larry Orecklin, Microsoft's general manager for server infrastructure.

The acquisition of Calista also fits into Microsoft's strategy to provide a cohesive virtualization offering from the desktop to the data center, and to achieve that ubiquity as quickly as possible.

"Calista's focus on network optimization is important to us, especially in the scenario where you are serving up client instances from a server over a network to an endpoint and where we need to be able to support a variety of different network connectivities," Shanen Boettcher, Microsoft's general manager for Windows product management, told eWEEK.

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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