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Citrix Puts Date on XenDesktop Release

XenDesktop, now in beta, will start shipping May 20

Citrix says its XenDesktop, now in beta - which virtualizes Windows desktops in the data center and delivers them on-demand via Citrix’ proprietary ICA protocol to office workers - will start shipping May 20 priced to start at $75 per concurrent user for small firms with 50-100 users.

XenDesktop promises an end-to-end system that reduces desktop TCO by up to 40% that doesn’t create image sprawl, says Citrix whose CTO Simon Crosby will be speaking in June in New York City at the 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo.

Citrix says XenDesktop dynamically assembles each user’s unique personal desktop from pristine new components free of corruption and conflicts every time the user logs on, separating the applications from the OS and provisioning them at runtime from new master images.

It says that by maintaining a single master Windows desktop OS image rather than trying to maintain separate fully loaded VMs for each employee with apps hard-coded in saves storage costs and simplifies lifecycle management.

BT Media and Broadcast Service, which deployed the beta, says it’s seen a 50% energy reduction.

A Platinum edition will run $275 for a perpetual license, $140 for an annual license with optimization and monitoring as well as support. An Enterprise edition without the optimization will run $95 a year, $175 perpetually.

Microsoft will co-market - and XenDesktop will run under Hyper-V.

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