Earlier this week Cisco announced its intention to acquire Whiptail, its 6th acquisition for 2013. The addition to the Unified Computing (UCS) line made sense, as it continues to support their vision to be the infrastructure that clouds run on. To achieve this vision, Cisco will need to make some strategic acquisitions to keep them on track. Even at its current $12 billion evaluation, Citrix would be a great buy. The synergies between the two companies have already been proven with joint development and sales efforts in the field. Let me speculate on what could happen with the products if Cisco picked Citrix up.
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As you can probably tell from the title, Citrix is leveraging their biggest advantages in the mobility/BYOD race: their understanding of ALL client operating systems, multimedia in both SBC and VDI environments, and their established partnerships with hardware and OS vendors. In a conversation (you can listen to it yourself by clicking the audio file above) I had with Chris Fleck, VP Mobility & Alliances at Citrix (@chrisfleck), we spent an hour talking about the various methods Citrix has decided to use to manage mobile devices in both multi-user and multi-OS virtual environments, while extending their function from consumption to productivity. Oh, yeah, they have also changed their product and technology names to reflect their commitment to mobility; shocking I know.
If Cisco were to acquire Citrix, it would immediately boost Cisco’s business via the integration of Netscaler into Cisco’s product line. It would further significantly strengthen Cisco’s hand in positioning vs VMware SDDC strategy. It would also pretty much cement the position of VMware and Cisco as two competing vendors of Software Defined Data Centers.
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How does Project Avalon’s Excalibur component focus on making a new FlexCast platform and deliver applications beyond the PC. How does Project Avalon’s Merlin component deliver Self-service provision, management and service orchestration. Will these components deliver Windows apps and desktops as a true cloud service and can these services be compare to VMware’s Horizon?
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Delivering VDI can be an expensive and time consuming undertaking. Especially when the business case is limited to remote access. There are solutions allowing remote access to a desktop/laptop device: Citrix’s own GoToMyPC has competition from the likes of LogMeIn, Teamviewer, TightVNC and YuuGuu. However, there is always concern about introducing such solutions in terms of “who now has access?”, and “how do we manage it?”. With Citrix Remote PC organisations can have centralized control over services such as printing, clipboard, and local drive access as well as automated provisioning of PC to end-users, combined with the high performance and client compatibility of Citrix HDX. Simples?
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At Citrix Synergy in Barcelona, this was a very good question that a number of partners were reporting their customers were asking. Citrix XenApp 6.5 is a market leading product. Windows 2012 is very new. What are the differentiating features, what key questions should you ask and how do you decide on the one for you?