Citrix and Microsoft Partner on Desktop Virtualization
Last week, Citrix and Microsoft announced a new partnership for desktop virtualization. Citrix announced that XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 1, will be released later this month. This is a significant feature update that incorporates all the power of the recently announced XenApp 6. This release delivers tight integration between Citrix virtualization products and Microsoft's virtualization and management platform to fully leverage Microsoft infrastructure. With this release, IT can publish Microsoft App-V application packages through XenApp and enable users to self-service on-demand delivery of apps via Citrix Dazzle. In addition, to simplify management and administration, AppCenter - the single management console for managing the entire XenApp application delivery infrastructure is integrated with Microsoft management tools. Finally, the release also provides several user experience enhancements, including up to 5X faster logons.
Microsoft and Citrix also announced a joint collaboration agreement around Microsoft's new platform technology called RemoteFX. RemoteFX enables users with virtual or session-based desktops on a server to leverage hardware-based acceleration for delivering a rich experience for graphics, 3D apps and multi-media. It's built on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services platforms - which means that it will work for multiple Citrix FlexCast delivery models, including hosted shared desktops, VDI and hosted applications.
Desktop Virtualization is slated to see remarkable growth in the coming year. Citrix is so confident in their solution that they are aggressively searching for new ways to get it into the hands of potential clients. On that subject, if you are currently utilizing Citrix XenApp (or previous versions a.k.a. Presentation Server), please be sure to speak with us before renewing your Subscription Advantage this year. Citrix has introduced ways to upgrade to XenDesktop (which includes XenApp) and actually save money doing so! Contact us if you have any questions about this or virtualization in general.
Windows XP Support Expiring in July
Microsoft support for the Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) 32-bit operating system will end July 13, 2010, and support for the Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) operating system will end April 13, 2010. If you haven't done so already, it's time to start thinking about your upgrade path to Windows 7. Customers running Windows 7 Release Candidate will need to upgrade to Windows 7 RTM before it expires June 1, 2010. Please let us know how we can help you plan your migration to Windows 7. Even if you do not plan to upgrade to Windows 7 until the summer or later, let us help you with your budget and application integrattion now so that you are prepared for migration.
Have you Scheduled your CMR-17 Audit Yet?
The Information Security team has been extremely busy lately performing CMR-17 audits due to the March 1st deadline for compliance. If you have not yet requested a security audit from us, please call your sales rep to schedule an assessment. Non-compliance will result in severe penalties should your company have a security breach. Our CTO, Frank Vincentelli, was recently featured in a Boston Globe article about this new law. Click here to read his insights.