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Citrix Essentials in Beta

Citrix Essentials is now out in beta. I recently discussed the Essentials play for Citrix, and what I thought the company was trying to do. Combined with the newly-free enterprise version of XenServer, Citrix, with good buddy Microsoft, wants in your datacenter -- bad.

It will be very interesting to see what kind of uptake the Essentials beta garners, and how well the Citrix/Microsoft partnership is received in the enterprise.

I wanted to pass along something funny Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO, told me in an interview the other day. We were discussing XenServer, and Stevens, differently from me, didn't see the boldness in Citrix' move to make it free. To paraphrase, he said "Hey, it's not risky to give away something you weren't selling anyway." Ouch!

Get the Essentials beta here. You'll need to register (free) for a Citrix account first.

Posted by Keith Ward on 03/10/2009 at 12:48 PM


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