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Citrix May Embed Hypervisor in 2008

Citrix filled in some of the gaps in its XenSource-based virtualization strategy today, amid growing speculation that the supplier plans to roll out a hypervisor embedded within hardware from server vendors.

Timed to coincide with Citrix's annual iForum user event in Las Vegas, the vendor revealed today that XenSource's virtualization offerings, acquired by Citrix this summer for $500 million, now will be bundled with its own desktop software in a product called Citrix XenDesktop.

Touted as a competitor to VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), XenDesktop will use Citrix's Desktop Server as its controller and Xen's virtualization software to host virtual desktops.

The software, which will be available in the first half of 2008, can also be combined with Citrix's flagship Presentation Server product, as well as its recently launched Provisioning Server, which streams a single desktop image to multiple VMs.

"It reduces the number of desktop images that you have to maintain," says Simon Crosby, the XenSource CTO, explaining that this cuts users' desktop management costs.

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