With Citrix’s Help, Microsoft Declares WAN War on Cisco
Gartner believes that Microsoft’s tie-up with Citrix will change the selling dynamic for WAN optimization controllers, branch office boxes and, to a lesser degree, application delivery controllers. However, the analyst firm went on to predict that the Microsoft/Citrix partnership will face “some challenges” as the published product delivery date is “very aggressive.”
Microsoft’s recent alliance with Citrix Systems to develop wide area network (WAN) optimization technology represents a declaration of war on Cisco in the “critical battleground” of the branch office, Gartner has reported.
According to the analyst firm, the Redmond giant’s tie-up with thin client firm Citrix is the culmination of a “long-simmering rivalry” with Cisco, and has the potential to transform the WAN optimization market.
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