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Citrix Revamps Virtual Desktops

Citrix overhauled its XenDesktop software today, revamping its software licensing model in an attempt to lure more users onto desktop virtualization.

The vendor used its Synergy user event to refresh its XenDesktop offerings, introducing a free version of the product, and combining virtual desktops and applications into a single software license.

First up is XenDesktop express edition, a free, stripped-down, version of the vendors software aimed at organizations with up to 10 users and firms that want to “get their feet wet” with virtualization, according to Barry Phillips, general manager of Citrix’s advanced solutions group.

The vendor also rolled its XenApp application virtualization offerings into the enterprise and platinum versions of XenDesktop, which contain features such as desktop image management, and at the high end, performance monitoring.

”We have essentially put a XenApp license and a XenDesktop license together,” says Phillips, explaining that the perpetual licenses, which are available now, give users more bang for their buck. “This adds integrated application delivery via XenApp for virtual desktops.”

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