Is Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Squeezing Citrix?
Today’s list of blog posts seems ripe for market news, so let’s take a look at another analysis. With Server 2008 coming out next month, and with Terminal Services so substantially improved over all previous versions, is there an upcoming play with Microsoft putting the squeeze on current Citrix customers?
Citrix licenses go (at the Platinum level) for something like $600 per CCU. Now that includes lots of other goodies like application streaming, monitoring with EdgeSight, and transport security with their SSL VPN appliance. That product set is good in many places.
But at the same time Microsoft’s Terminal Services comes for nothing more than the cost of the TSCAL (which Citrix users have to buy as well). Server 2008 includes transport security now, and an SSL VPN. Application streaming and monitoring are similarly available, but with added cost.