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Citrix's announcement: VP EMEA answers some quick questions

I spoke to John Glendenning, VP EMEA, and he quickly told us what it will mean for the virtualization community as a whole. In fact this talk was much before the official announcement, and I managed to get John to do this "secret pre-briefing" with me :-)

  • Lots of exciting things are happening around Citrix, what is Citrix announcing this time?

These are very exciting times. We’ve been working on co-development with HP for a year, and today Citrix is announcing a strategic development and distribution agreement with HP that will integrate an enhanced version of Citrix XenServer™ into 64-bit HP ProLiant servers.

  • How will it change the virtualization game for the next 2 quarters?

Integrating the hypervisor directly into the server changes how companies can deploy virtualization, making it possible for a broader range of companies. The integration simplifies deployment of virtualization, and enables companies to be up and running and creating virtual machines within minutes. Adding to the deployment benefits is the fact that the new Citrix XenServer HP Select Edition also provides extensive advantages over alternative solutions. These advantages include faster implementation of Citrix XenServer virtualization technology on HP ProLiant servers, increased ease-of use for HP ProLiant customers utilizing Citrix XenServer, and leveraged investments in HP management tools such as HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) for remote server management.

  • Is Citrix also shipping its Xen for free like VMware ESX 3i?

Citrix offers Citrix XenServer Express Edition which has been freely available since December 2006, and has been downloaded in huge numbers.

  • Are there other hardware vendors lined up for this game-changing partnership that you have just announced?

This agreement with HP will bring the number of OEM agreements for Citrix XenServer to four. NEC (for Japan) was announced in June 2007, Dell was announced in October 2007, and Lenovo (for China) was announced earlier this week on March 17. No others are being announced at this time.

  • How soon will they start shipping?

They will be added to the SKU list for HP on March 31, 2008, and start shipping immediately afterwards.

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