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Citrix Adds Provisioning of VMs

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, officially unveiled its new Citrix Provisioning Server solution today at the Gartner IT Expo in Orlando, Fla. Based on the innovative OS-streaming technology acquired in its January purchase of Ardence, Inc., Provisioning Server enables IT organizations to dynamically stream datacenter and desktop operating systems and workloads to both virtual and physical machines from a central location. The new solution enables more agile and cost-effective delivery of applications and desktops, and provides an ideal complement to the companys recently announced acquisition of virtual infrastructure vendor XenSource.

Enterprise IT managers are under increasing pressure to cut their data center operating costs and improve IT effectiveness by reducing server count, cutting utility expenses and increasing productivity. Provisioning Server will enable organizations to stream a server OS and workload from network storage to bare-metal or virtual servers in the datacenter, and a desktop OS and workload to virtual desktops and LAN-connected diskless PCs on-demand. By streaming a server OS and workload on-demand – rather than physically loading them on each server – Provisioning Server increases IT flexibility, reduces the need for backup servers, cuts energy costs and streamlines IT management.

“Adding OS and workload streaming functionality to our existing array of datacenter, desktop, and application delivery options further demonstrates Citrix’s leadership in delivering the applications our customers need, when they need them, wherever they are located,” said Lou Shipley, group vice president and general manager, management systems group, Citrix. “By streamlining both datacenter and desktop delivery, Citrix Provisioning Server will provide significant economic and productivity benefits for enterprises. The simplified management and increased flexibility will deliver long-term benefits.”

Citrix Systems Inc.