Citrix and Microsoft have each been gritting their teeth at VMware for years. Despite that, VMware has experienced longstanding success in the virtualization space. Clearly, neither Citrix nor Microsoft expected VMware to develop into such a powerhouse.
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Every few months, rumors spin that Citrix is up for sale. However, last week, Bloomberg Technology reported that Citrix Is Working with Goldman Sachs on Potential Sale Process. What could this mean for Citrix and its technology?
When I look at large tech companies, I always get the feeling that they have a strategy based on maximizing revenue from one or two core products. Every decision about the other products tends to be made on the basis of protecting or increasing sales of these core products. It is usually hard for the company to accept that the central products are past their prime. This is the core of the innovator’s dilemma: protecting the goose that lays the golden egg leaves you exposed when the goose dies. In the end, the large company usually gets disrupted by a smaller player with no legacy to protect. Very occasionally, companies will allow themselves to self-disrupt, building a new core product before the golden goose is dead. It looks to me like Microsoft has decided to build a new golden goose: Azure.
Citrix’s much-anticipated XenDesktop Essentials product is now almost ready for release. A few days ago, it released pricing and purchasing options, which are intended to allow those interested in the platform to start planning for adoption. XenDesktop Essentials allows you to deliver Windows 10 desktops from the Azure cloud to a multitude of devices—Linux, Mac, Android, and Windows—and harness the power of the Citrix Receiver software. But of course, the infrastructure is all managed together by Microsoft (for the Azure side) and Citrix itself. All you have to do is provide the image, either a standard one from the Azure Marketplace or one you have created yourself.
With cloud monopolizing many IT discussions, a great many organizations are somewhere between dipping their toes in and having one foot fully in the cloud. Many get started with Office 365. As with any new technology, embracing it involves learning, planning, and yes, making a few mistakes, before making the plunge.
RightScale just published its annual report on the state of the cloud, and some of the key findings are very interesting. Topics range from cloud vendor market share to cloud adoption concerns, DevOps tools adoption, public vs. private cloud adoption, and much more. Below, I highlight the major findings I thought most interesting and follow each with my perspective on it.