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Simon Crosby, CTO Citrix Virtualization on "Equivalency and Enterprise Readiness"

Also, before I address specifics, let's just deal with the concept of "enterprise ready" once and for all. The largest deployment of virtualization on the planet uses Xen, and that is at Amazon. Is Amazon not an enterprise? Every enterprise has a unique set of requirements, so when someone says that XenServer is not enterprise ready, my response is to ask what specific features are missing, and to prioritize those for development. I specifically reject statements by VMware resellers that we are not enterprise ready just because we have a different form factor of the product. But I do accept that we don't yet have all the bells and whistles that VMware has, and so that means that some people won't buy our product. We certainly do have every feature that VMware had for its first $1BN of revenue. But here's a good example of something we don't yet have: certification against EMC Clariion storage arrays. Anyone care to guess why? Fortunately with the help of our ecosystem partners, and with the Citrix portfolio of add-on features, we have an incredibly compelling offering - one that is suitable for most enterprises and that addresses both native and virtualized workloads.


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