You’ve probably seen the announcement made today by Cisco and Citrix regarding our partnership and our new desktop virtualization solution.  The “Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution with Citrix XenDesktop” is a direct result of feedback from both Cisco and Citrix customers.  As Desktop Virtualization goes mainstream and the number of deployed seats increase, the importance of scalability, manageability and, of course, cost increases as well.  Today’s announcement contains a number of important aspects to simplify Desktop Virtualization deployments (a starter kit w/expansion packs, validated design reference architecture, single number to call, and services profiles), but the foundation for simplification is the fact that customers now have products built on open architecture from Cisco, NetApp and Citrix available as an combined solution

I am responsible for the the Citrix Ready partner program for Citrix, and I continually hear from customers that they want products that are open and can integrate with existing infrastructure components.  The diversity of apps, devices and infrastructure customers are using with XenDesktop is rich and varied.  That is why Citrix and our partners have put an incredible amount of time and energy to ensure that customers have an equally rich set of resources to verify which apps, devices and infrastructure work with XenDesktop. The Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization Program was launched in support of XenDesktop 4 with over 10,000 products from over 200 vendors certified to work with XenDesktop.  Today, we would like to officially welcome Cisco UCS to the Citrix Ready program (as well as give a tip of the hat to the more than 650 products from greater than 150 companies that have joined the Citrix Ready program since the November 9, 2009 announcement).  Those same customers that requested the solution from Cisco and Citrix due to the massive scalability, HDX Experience and low TCO of the joint solution will also have peace of mind that their current and future Desktop Virtualization deployments will be successful.  The value of the open architecture and an open program means that customers can always be assured that they will have flexibility in using the platform of their choice.

The Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program uses an extensive blend of vendor testing, third party testing and real-world customer verification to make it easy for customers to join the desktop revolution.  The Open Desktop Virtualization program eliminates the guess work and ensures customers that XenDesktop has been tested to work with the software, hardware and services they already use in their IT environments today. Products that have been verified to work with XenDesktop 4 include thousands of applications, servers, storage systems, backup solutions, client devices, printers, desktop peripherals, security products, desktop management software and systems management solutions.

To learn more about the Open Desktop Virtualization Program, click here.  You can read more about the Cisco and Citrix partnership here, and you can see the new Cisco USC products in the Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program here