Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Citrix Enters Datacenter and Desktop Virtualization Markets with Acquisition of XenSource

itrix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire XenSource a leader in enterprise-grade virtual infrastructure solutions. The acquisition moves Citrix into adjacent and fast growing datacenter and desktop virtualization markets. The combination of Citrix and XenSource brings together strong technical, customer, partner, channel and go-to-market synergies that will make virtualization solutions easier to use and dynamically combined more relevant to business. The acquisition will also extend Citrix’s leadership in the broader Application Delivery Infrastructure market by adding key enabling technologies that make the end-to-end computing environment far more flexible, dynamic and responsive to business change.

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Vitrualization Comparison Matrix

Massimo Re Ferre, the gatekeeper for CCON/Broker page: has started a similar project to compare the different virtualization technologies currently available in the market.

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Monday, August 6, 2007

Ultimate VMware link guide

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posted by daemon_b at 6:07 AM

too cool

Ardence is the product/company the Citrix purchased and will allegedly be re-launching soon. It allows you to stream and entire OS to either a bare metal box or even a VM. The real kicker is that it's doesn't require a SAN.

This could add an interesting twist to DRS, HA and Vmotion!