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Citrix Shows Virtualization Mgt. Tools

BOSTON -- Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today announced Citrix Essentials for XenServer™ and Hyper-V™, a new product line that adds a rich set of advanced management and automation capabilities to the Citrix and Microsoft virtualization platforms. The new solution helps customers transform virtualized datacenters into more dynamic “delivery centers” with capabilities like lab automation, dynamic provisioning, workflow orchestration and seamless integration with leading storage systems.

Citrix Essentials provides an ideal complement for customers using the enterprise-class, cloud-proven Citrix® XenServer™ virtualization platform, which is now being offered free of charge to any user for unlimited production deployment (please see today’s separate announcement). The Citrix Essentials product line also extends the enterprise management capabilities of Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center, helping customers create highly scalable, manageable and agile virtual infrastructures within a Microsoft environment (please also see today’s separate announcement of Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V). This combination enables broad interoperability that makes it easier for customers to manage virtual machines across heterogeneous virtualization environments throughout the full application lifecycle, from lab and testing to production.

“As enterprise datacenters become increasingly virtualized, customers need hypervisor-agnostic management solutions that go beyond general virtual machine administration – automating and streamlining virtualization throughout the application lifecycle, delivering workloads across a mix of physical and virtual machines and simplifying integration with third-party enterprise storage systems,” said Chris Wolf, senior analyst, Burton Group. “Vendors that provide practical, heterogeneous virtualization management solutions that address not just the virtual infrastructure, but also provide a framework for third party innovation within and beyond the virtual infrastructure, are best positioned for long-term success.”

Citrix Systems Inc.