New Citrix Tech Preview: Multi-tenant VDI Capabilities for Cloud Providers
(Before I get to the exciting news, please note that this Tech Preview is targeted at our nearly 2,000 Citrix Service Providers, who have been waiting for a way to get some of the benefits available with VDI, but have not had a cost-effective Microsoft SPLA-compliant option. If you are an enterprise customer deploying VDI, you already have tons of options with XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-Box.)
I’m extremely pleased to announce the immediate availability of a Tech Preview of a new solution that enables cloud providers to leverage Microsoft SPLA to host VDI-style desktops – an industry first. With the new “hosted server VDI” technology added to their portfolio, cloud providers can use pay-as-you-go monthly subscription licensing to offer customers the ability to install applications and use a wide variety of USB peripherals.
Previously, service providers were unable to cost-effectively offer these capabilities to multiple customers with Windows 7-based VDI without being in conflict with Microsoft licensing, because client operating systems are not included in the SPLA program. If you aren’t clear on the implications, I can net it out for you: if you host Windows 7 for a customer, none of the infrastructure you use can be shared with any other customer. That of course makes it more expensive and complicated to offer. Those in the industry that claim to offer a multi-tenant VDI solution using Windows 7 are only legally able to share some management consoles across customers, since they are required to dedicate hardware for each customer’s Windows 7 VMs.
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, NEW Tech Preview: Multi-tenant VDI Capabilities for Cloud Providers- The Citrix Blogs