Citrix Opens Up Cloud Computing

Michael Vizard

Citrix today extended the Citrix OpenCloud platform with the acquisition of VMLogix as part of a plan to add self-service capabilities on top of the Citrix cloud computing management platform.

Citrix also announced at the VMworld 2010 conference that it is supporting Open vSwitch, an approach to integrating virtual switch deployments that is intended to foster interoperability across multiple instances of virtual switch deployment. As part of that effort, Citrix also said it will be supporting OpenFlow, an emerging protocol standard for integrating virtual switches.

The acquisition of VMlogix adds a portfolio of application lifecycle management tools for virtual environments to the Citrix Xen virtual machine portfolio. The biggest element of that for Citrix, said Wes Wasson, chief marketing officer for Citrix, is the ability for builders of cloud computing platforms to provide a portal that lets users access self-service applications running on top of virtual machines.

As part of its deeper push into application management on top of the cloud, Citrix will also demonstrate at VMworld 2010 elements of OpenStack, an open management console for cloud computing that the company is developing in conjunction with Rackspace, Dell, NASA and others. It's part of effort to promote an open approach to managing both public and private cloud computing deployments.

In effect, Citrix is attempting to highlight the proprietary approaches to virtual switching and cloud computing management that have been taken by VMware and Cisco. According to Wasson, as cloud computing continues to rapidly evolve, the need for open standards that promote interoperability is quickly becoming a major industry issue affecting the rate of cloud computing adoption.


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