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Om Malik's team interviews Citrix CTO

GigaOM: Can you tell me how the launch of Hyper-V affects Citrix Xen products?

Crosby: Our key founding philosophy was fast, free, compatible and ubiquitous hypervisors. Microsoft’s Hyper-V which is compatible with XenServer, is alright when it comes to being fast; it’s 28 bucks, so close to free; and because it’s Microsoft it will be ubiquitous. So for us, it’s good. The problem is it took them too darn long to get it out. Working with Microsoft has been a little bit like having a ring through the nose of the bull. We have a rope tied to that ring because we’re ahead of them on this thing, but when they charge I’m going to get out the way and point them at VMware.

GigaOM: But will Hyper-V compete with the Citrix server virtualization business anyway?

Crosby: You should look forward to interesting announcements of products to add value to Hyper-V. We’re going to sell into that footprint much like Citrix has always extended the use cases of Microsoft products.

GigaOM: What about VMware?

Crosby: We only have a 4 percent or 5 percent share in this market, and the market is significantly overpaying for what they have today, so it’s a very, very interesting time. We’re going to track VMware down with the fast, free, compatible and ubiquitous hypervisor and sell on top of that. We’ve accepted that hypervisors are not the stuff you can charge for. It has taken longer than I thought to get there, and customers have yet to decide, too, if the hypervisors are part of the box or in the operating system. We’ll be wherever we can to create for ourselves the largest possible upsell with other products.


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