Citrix Aims for the Cloud

Michael Vizard


Citrix has released a barrage of virtualization and cloud computing offerings that are intended to position the company as a provider of end-to-end solutions that include a range of client, server and network technologies.

At the Citrix Synergy conference, the company announced Project Olympus, which is intended to wrap a cloud computing framework around the OpenStack platform, developed by Rackspace and NASA, that is based on Xen virtual machine software from Citrix. According to Wes Wasson, chief marketing officer for Citrix, the company is committed to providing customers with all the components required to create an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that can be deployed in either a public or private cloud computing scenario. As part of that effort, Citrix is also promising that the Project Olympus platform, due out later this year, will also support VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

The company also announced NetScaler Cloud Gateway and NetScaler Cloud Bridge, which leverage the company's application delivery controller platforms to give IT organizations tools for managing access to applications in the cloud, but also connecting a cloud environment to other data centers. The end game is to essentially leverage the adoption of Xen virtual machine software by public cloud computing providers to gain traction with enterprise customers that thus far have tended to favor VMware. As part of that effort, Citrix will emphasize the need for an open systems approach to virtualization.

On the client side, Citrix also announced an upgrade to its Citrix HDX multimedia technology that Citrix includes in XenDesktop. This new update provides better support for multitasking while using HDX and better overall video and audio quality, the company said.

Citrix also unveiled XenClient 2, an upgrade to its bare-metal hypervisor that enhances the hypervisor's ability to support a broader range of graphics, and XenClient XT, which is a more secure version of the bare-metal hypervisor.

The company has also added a new IntelliCache feature to XenDesktop that reduces the storage costs typically associated with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). That move follows the earlier acquisition of Kaviza, which developed a 'VDI-in-a-box' solution aimed at small-to-medium businesses based on Citrix technology.

Finally, Citrix also announced that its Go-to-Meeting service will not support high-definition video, and that its Go-to-Manager systems management service can now support it via the Apple iPad.
 



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