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
the company will announce at its Virtualization Deployment
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
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
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.