As part of my role at Citrix, I spend a great deal of time on the road and online talking about the joint Citrix and Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Solution that includes Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, Hyper-V, System Center and App-V. One common topic is our joint partner program, V-Alliance.

One of the V-Alliance topics that interest customers the most is how they can quickly get a Proof of Concept (POC) and Pilot of this joint solution built in their environment, since a complete desktop virtualization solution is new to many companies.

Microsoft has a great deal of experience in bringing new technologies and solutions to customers around the world. One of the most successful tools they use to help customers quickly implement a Proof of Concept or small production pilot in a new solution is to invest in partner services for the customer. Microsoft has named this type of program BIF (Business Investment Funds).

Many of you may not be aware that Citrix and Microsoft have jointly invested in a BIF program for Proof of Concept service (by a V-Alliance Partner) for our joint solution for about 18 months. Recently, we added BIF funding for pilots on a joint solution as well. We spend a great deal of time and effort on this program between Citrix and Microsoft.

It occurred to me today that while we often talk about this program at joint events, in webinars and at Synergy and MMS, no one at Citrix has ever blogged about it. Most customers I meet have not heard of the program before we discuss it.

Citrix and Microosft have a joint program that will fund all or a portion of the services through a V-Alliance partner to build a Citrix XenDesktop 5 on Hyper-V\SCVMM POC with Windows 7 and App-V. After a successful POC, there is also funding available for the services to build a 100 user pilot (with a minimum of four Hyper-V hosts).

If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact your area Citrix & Microsoft partner through V-Alliance or reach out directly to us via email at #microsofthelp at

You can find out much more about our joint solution and how real customers have used it at the Desktop Virtualization Hour.

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
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