Citrix Adds On-Demand Provisioning of Virtual Servers and Desktops to Market-Leading Application Delivery Infrastructure
New Citrix Provisioning Server Dynamically Streams Datacenter Workloads and Desktop Operating Systems from Network Storage
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, officially unveiled its new Citrix Provisioning Server solution today at the Gartner IT Expo in Orlando, Fla. Based on the innovative OS-streaming technology acquired in its January purchase of Ardence, Inc., Provisioning Server enables IT organizations to dynamically stream datacenter and desktop operating systems and workloads to both virtual and physical machines from a central location. The new solution enables more agile and cost-effective delivery of applications and desktops, and provides an ideal complement to the company’s recently announced acquisition of virtual infrastructure vendor XenSource.
Enterprise IT managers are under increasing pressure to cut their data center operating costs and improve IT effectiveness by reducing server count, cutting utility expenses and increasing productivity. Provisioning Server will enable organizations to stream a server OS and workload from network storage to bare-metal or virtual servers in the datacenter, and a desktop OS and workload to virtual desktops and LAN-connected diskless PCs on-demand. By streaming a server OS and workload on-demand – rather than physically loading them on each server – Provisioning Server increases IT flexibility, reduces the need for backup servers, cuts energy costs and streamlines IT management.
“Adding OS and workload streaming functionality to our existing array of datacenter, desktop and application delivery options further demonstrates Citrix’s leadership in delivering the applications our customers need, when they need them, wherever they are located,” said Lou Shipley, group vice president and general manager, management systems group, Citrix. “By streamlining both datacenter and desktop delivery, Citrix Provisioning Server will provide significant economic and productivity benefits for enterprises. The simplified management and increased flexibility will deliver long-term benefits.”
As adoption of virtualization technologies accelerates, demand is growing for an integrated end-to-end virtual infrastructure solution that includes reliable and secure delivery mechanisms as well as automated desktop and datacenter provisioning processes. Citrix offers this range of technologies, giving organizations a comprehensive virtualization infrastructure that creates a computing environment far more flexible, dynamic and responsive to business change.
Provisioning Server will be sold through the Citrix worldwide channel organization offering multiple benefits to existing Citrix application delivery infrastructure customers.
Customers using Citrix Presentation Server™ to deliver Windows applications will be able to stream operating systems and application workloads from a single image. This makes it easy to manage OS or server upgrades, conduct compatibility tests and repurpose servers, all while reducing the number of total backup servers required.
Customers using Citrix® NetScaler® to deliver Web applications will be able to stream any OS and application workload on-demand to back-end Web and application servers, eliminating the need to deploy, patch and upgrade a static OS and workload on each server.
Customers using server and desktop virtualization solutions from the upcoming XenSource acquisition will be able to provision virtual servers and desktops across the datacenter.
Customers in a multi-user lab or high-security environment will be able to stream a full desktop image to diskless PCs on the network.
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than 200,000 organizations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 99% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2006 was $1.1 billion.
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