It’s not surprising that when CRN recently did an article on cloud computing, they included Citrix as one of the few companies that have “their fingers on the pulse of the cloud computing market”. After all, with the Citrix OpenCloud platform and solutions like OpenCloud Compliance and OpenCloud Dev and Test, it’s obvious that we are right in the thick of it.

Here is how Tom Flink, Vice President of Channels and Emerging Product Sales, aptly responded to CRN’s query of what trend will identify the cloud computing market: “2011 will see an unprecedented escalation of the cloud wars, with vendors on all sides pushing their proprietary cloud stacks. Channel partners should be on guard to avoid lock-in, looking for vendors who enable them to deliver solutions that help customers realize the promise of the cloud in an open way, regardless of hypervisor or platform.” See all of the cloud computing question responses on CRN’s site.