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Let the Battle be Joined!

This is starting to look like the Union and Confederate armies massing their troops in the farmlands of Pennsylvania before the Battle of Gettysburg.

With the announcement of its Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program to further escalate (that's war talk for "bring it on") large-scale enterprise virtual desktop deployments, Citrix claims it now has an arsenal (my word) of more than 10,000 products from over 200 vendors that have been validated as ready to deploy (to arms!) in production environments with the recently launched XenDesktop 4.

Citrix says the Open Desktop Virtualization program helps make virtual desktops a safe choice for enterprise-wide deployment by eliminating (sounds very Machiavellian) the guess work and ensuring customers that XenDesktop 4 has been tested to work with the software, hardware and services they already use in the IT environments today.

Citrix allies -- er, business partners -- who have committed their forces to Citrix are arrayed across a gamut of technologies, including data center systems, client devices, and management systems and services.

VMware, which is always spoiling for a fight with the Citrix challengers, will no doubt raise a sturdy corps of Technology Alliance troops -- check that, partners -- to meet and repel this latest challenge to their sovereignty.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 11/19/2009 at 12:48 PM


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