Microsoft, Citrix in virtualization pact

Microsoft Corp. and Citrix Systems Inc. have combined forces to provide desktop and server virtualization with Windows Server 2008.

The companies have been partners for more than 18 years, offering Windows-based applications using Citrix Presentation Server. Now they plan to co-market new client computing products with the next generation of Citrix Presentation Server and the Citrix XenDesktop, based on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Optimized Desktop solutions that will be managed by Microsoft System Center, company officials said.

The next version of Citrix Presentation Server, planned for release in 2008's second quarter, will extend Windows Server 2008 by enabling users of Microsoft's upcoming operating system to run Windows application workloads remotely.

Citrix XenDesktop, combined with Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop and System Center, will enable organizations to deliver Windows-based desktops to virtually all task-based and knowledge-based desktop users, company officials said.

Citrix XenDesktop will support Windows Server 2008 shortly after the availability of Hyper-V, a hypervisor-based virtualization feature available as a part of Windows Server 2008.

The companies also will offer the capability for joint users to run a unified portfolio of virtual infrastructures that utilizes both Hyper-V and the Xen hypervisor in Citrix XenServer under a common System Center management platform. The capability will be available for beta evaluation in the second quarter.

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