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Citrix+Xensource: Sweet Juice or Backache for Microsoft?

Mary Jo ponders about Brian Madden's ponderings (gosh, I got to get a bit original with my blog posts!!!!!!!)...

Now Citrix will be the one taking the brunt of the head-on Microsoft competition, Madden observed.

An open-source expert who requested anonymity, noted that while the XenSource buy makes a lot of sense for Citrix — in terms of giving the company a solution that offers some of what virtualization market-leader VMWare does not — it won’t be a slam-dunk success for Citrix.

“If they (Citrix) merged the Citrix server with XenEnterprise, you would have something VMware does not. It’s certainly a deal which I never considered, but now that I am thinking about it, it might be very good for Citrix and XenSource,” he said.

However, he noted, “Citrix will need to come to speed on the workings of the open source community very quickly, and obviously, their (Citrix’s) very close relationship with Microsoft will fall under scrutiny.” That said, “they may be the player which is able to broker relationships with open source companies and Microsoft.”

Here, go ponder.

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