Citrix and Microsoft, Wyse Integrations

By Steve Wexler  |  Print this article Print

HP, Dell, McAfee, Wyse, Devon IT and WhipTail Tech are among the vendors that announced new products and partnerships at the Citrix channel and customer event. Meanwhile Citrix focused on the importance of demos in showing customers the true value behind desktop virtualization.

The NetScaler VPX virtual appliance adds support for Microsoft datacenter and infrastructure solutions, including Hyper-V, System Center and enterprise applications like SharePoint 2010 and Exchange Server 2010. Datacenter administrators will be able to apply the same NetScaler acceleration, load balancing and security features as a native Hyper-V workload from directly within System Center - with no networking knowledge or configuration required. Support for Microsoft System Center is available now for all NetScaler MPX hardware appliances and NetScaler VPX. NetScaler AppExpert Templates with support for Microsoft applications are available now, with support for 2010 editions and NetScaler VPX support for Hyper-V coming later in the year.

Due out later this quarter, the new Burst Pack licenses extend the company’s Pay-as-You-Grow model. Datacenter managers can expand the capacity of an existing NetScaler system for a 90-day window to allow for seasonal peaks or unexpected traffic surges, giving them a far more sustainable solution for handling spiky workloads without having to over-provision the network and under-utilize resources.

Citrix and Wyse announced the Wyse Xenith (http://www.wyse.com/citrix), called the industry’s first zero client with Citrix HDX technology. It requires no local configuration or management, has virtually no attack surface for malware, auto-discovers XenDesktop right out of the box, and launches a full Windows desktop in seconds. The Wyse Xenith zero client will be available next month.