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Citrix Systems to Unveil XenDesktop at Citrix Synergy 2008

  • 14 April, 2008 14:44

<p>Citrix Systems to Unveil XenDesktop at Citrix Synergy 2008</p>
<p>Groundbreaking New Desktop Virtualisation Solution Offers Unparalleled User Experience, Lower TCO and Dramatically Simplified Desktop Management</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – Apr. 14, 2008 — Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, gave a sneak peek at its highly anticipated Citrix XenDesktop™ product line this week and revealed that it will officially begin shipping to customers worldwide at the upcoming Citrix Synergy™ 2008 event on May 20 (</p>
<p>XenDesktop, which will be co-marketed with Microsoft (see related announcement “Microsoft and Citrix Expand Alliance to Deliver Virtualisation Solutions from Desktops to Datacentres”), is a groundbreaking new desktop delivery solution that allows companies to Virtualise Windows desktops in the datacentre and deliver them on-demand to office workers in any location. Unlike first-generation virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technologies, XenDesktop is a comprehensive end-to-end desktop delivery system that offers an unparalleled end-user experience, dramatically simplies desktop management and reduces the cost of traditional desktop computing by up to 40 percent (Source: Citrix XenDesktop TCO/ROI calculator).</p>
<p>Deploying and managing traditional desktops across thousands of PCs in a typical distributed enterprise represents one of the most time consuming and expensive operations supported by IT organisations today. According to industry estimates, managing a typical end-user desktop can now cost over $5,000 a year per employee, an investment level that is coming under increasing scrutiny in many companies around the world. Unfortunately, this extraordinarily high level of investment still cannot keep pace with the rapid increase in application conflicts and corruptions that degrade user performance, reduce employee productivity and increase the risk of data loss and security exposure.</p>
<p>Simply Moving the Problem is Not a Solution</p>
<p>Desktop Virtualisation, as a technology, provides an important first step by centralising desktops and hosting them on a virtual machine infrastructure in the datacentre, then delivering them to end users over the network using a virtual delivery protocol. This centralisation makes it far easier to secure user data and control desktop access for thousands of users across a distributed enterprise.</p>
<p>Simply shifting desktop images from endpoints into the datacentre, however, does nothing to solve fundamental desktop lifecycle management issues like image provisioning, monitoring and update management. First-generation desktop Virtualisation solutions, in fact, often make the problem worse. Instead of PC sprawl, IT departments suddenly have to contend with virtual desktop “image sprawl” in the datacentre, a problem that can balloon datacentre storage and negatively impact green computing initiatives. Standalone desktop Virtualisation products can also have a substantially negative impact on end-user experience, often degrading performance to the point where virtual desktops become almost unusable.</p>
<p>“Desktop Virtualisation has shown some promise in addressing key challenges with traditional desktop deployment. However, the limitations of existing technologies do not yet sufficiently address the myriad amount of challenges associated with a server-based desktop infrastructure,” said Michael Rose, associate research analyst, IDC. “As this market continues to emerge, new technology must more adequately address user experience, and provide the ability to scale beyond a few hundred users. An effective desktop delivery solution must merge scalability, lifecycle management and superior user experience in order to be broadly applicable in the enterprise.”</p>
<p>Like Getting a Fresh New PC Every Day
With the release of XenDesktop, Citrix is redefining the desktop Virtualisation market with a groundbreaking new solution that dynamically assembles each user’s unique personal desktop from new, pristine components each time they log on. By separating applications from the desktop OS and provisioning them independently at runtime from new master images, end users get a fresh new desktop at each login that is fast, secure, personalised and free from the corruption and conflicts that plague traditional desktop solutions. XenDesktop further enhances end-user experience by using a high-speed delivery protocol that provides instant access to Windows desktops and applications over any network, regardless of how far away users are from the corporate datacentre. In essence, XenDesktop gives users the experience of having a brand new “fresh-out-of-the-box” PC every day.</p>
<p>By managing desktops and applications separately and combining them only at runtime, XenDesktop also allows IT to maintain a single master Windows desktop OS image for all users rather than trying to maintain separate fully-loaded desktop VMs in the datacentre for each employee with applications hard coded into each one. This approach reduces storage costs and dramatically simplifies desktop lifecycle management for IT administrators.</p>
<p>Through the XenDesktop beta program, Citrix customers and partners have already begun to deploy XenDesktop in their environments with positive results. “Virtualisation was recommended as a key enabler for business growth, a factor of the utmost importance to BT Media and Broadcast Service,” said Richard May, senior IT infrastructure manager. “Citrix’s virtual desktop delivery solution has given us a flexible architecture and allowed us to future proof our network – facilitating global reach to our widening customer base. The solution, implemented by BT Basilica, not only has unsurpassed scalability but has realised reduced energy usability by 50 percent in a single year.”</p>
<p>“With over 200,000 organisations and 99 percent of the Fortune 500 using our delivery infrastructure today, Citrix has a proven track record of solving strategic business problems in new and innovative ways,” said Gordon Payne, senior vice president and general manager, Delivery Systems Division, Citrix Systems. “Citrix XenDesktop addresses the critical requirements for effective desktop delivery: lower TCO, better security, proven reliability and a stellar user experience. This set of capabilities will enable enterprises around the world to more broadly adopt desktop Virtualisation as a strategic alternative to traditional desktop deployment.”</p>
<p>Detailed information about the critical requirements for desktop delivery can be found at .</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability
XenDesktop is currently available as a public beta and can be downloaded from the Citrix website at It will be generally available at Citrix Synergy 2008 beginning May 20. Pricing will begin at $75 per concurrent user.</p>
<p>About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than 200,000 organisations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 99% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 7,680 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2007 was $1.4 billion.</p>
<p>For Citrix Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.</p>
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