Virtual client infrastructure vendor Provision Networks sees Citrix's acquisition of virtualization vendor XenSource as a move by the server-based computing heavyweight to compete head on with VMware.
Paul Ghostine is co-founder and CEO of Provision, which provides management software for virtual client environments, be they server-based computing (SBC), shared or dedicated remote desktop implementations. As such, his Virtual Access Suite competes with Citrix Desktop Server, but since Provision was spun out in 2004 from Emergent OnLine, a Citrix Platinum Partner, he reckons to have some insight into the thinking in Fort Lauderdale.
Ghostine described two drivers behind Citrix's acquisition of XenSource. "Firstly, Citrix has always wanted to be a platform," he began. "With [their flagship SBC product] Presentation Server, they still depend on Microsoft Terminal Services, while with Desktip Server, they've depended on a virtual infrastructure from VMware or XenSource, so now they own an entire stack."
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