Citrix XenServer and Citrix XenDesktop to provide interoperability and cross compatibility with the Windows platform.
Citrix Systems has announced details of its expanded alliance with Microsoft to offer full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. This will help ensure interoperability and cross compatibility with the Windows platform for both desktop virtualisation solutions with Citrix XenDesktop as well as for server virtualisation solutions with Citrix XenServer.
"Extending our innovations to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V enables us to continue to deliver the industry's broadest virtualisation infrastructure that leverages the Windows platform," said Mark Templeton, president and CEO, Citrix Systems. "The data centre is rapidly becoming the head-end for delivering applications and desktops from a dynamic server infrastructure. Providing expanded choice and powerful solutions for desktop, application and server virtualisation demonstrates Citrix leadership and our shared vision with Microsoft."
Adding value to Windows Server 2008
Citrix virtualisation infrastructure products leverage a broad array of 'dynamic virtualisation services' that provide core components of an end-to-end virtual infrastructure - from servers to applications to desktops. These enabling technologies range from core innovation in virtual delivery protocols to breakthroughs in application workload streaming. Upcoming dynamic virtualisation services such as realtime virtual machine (VM) streaming, VM interoperability, high-performance VM storage and VM high availability will allow Citrix to further extend Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in the future through XenServer for server virtualisation and XenDesktop for desktop virtualisation.
As part of the company's VM interoperability services, Citrix is also developing technology to enable the portability of virtual machines between XenServer and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. By supporting both the Xen hypervisor and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Citrix will allow IT organisations to leverage heterogeneous virtualisation environments for different workloads, datacentres, or business units within an organisation.