Since Citrix announced its intent to acquire the company last summer, XenSource's business model has switched gears quite a bit.
In August, the open source virtualization software company announced XenCenter OEM Edition, the industry's first embedded hypervisor. And this week, just days after Citrix closed its $500m acquisition of the company, Dell announced plans to ship XenCenter as an option on all of its x86 PowerEdge Servers.
On the surface, Crosby's rhetoric appears to contradict XenSource's technical partnership with Microsoft on Viridian, the planned Xen compatible hypervisor for Windows Server 2008.
Yet, behind the scenes, it appears that XenSource, Citrix and Microsoft may be expanding their close partnerships to defeat a common enemy: VMware.