Citrix Synergy is always a time when we, as a company, make key product announcements (like those here and here), but it is also a time when our strategic partners announce the great work they are doing to advance desktop virtualization. This Synergy was no different. Here are some of the announcement highlights from our partners that illustrate how desktop virtualization has gone mainstream with XenDesktop is its market leader.

  1. Partners bringing new devices to market to lower cost and complexity of desktop virtualization. This week, we saw great announcements from Dell, HP, and Wyse and others about new thin and zero client devices that will simplify and lower the cost of desktop virtualization. The HP and Wyse zero clients promise to lower desktop management, as these devices have no OS, which ensure devices do not need to be configured, managed or secured. In addition, Cisco has starting shipping their first VXC zero clients and the Cisco Cius business tablet is now supported with Citrix Receiver.
  2. Partners betting their solutions on XenDesktop 5. XenDesktop is becoming the default desktop virtualization solution for System Integrators and as-a-Service providers. CSC and Wipro both announced desktop virtualization services offerings to deliver desktops, app, and data as cost-effective, scalable services offerings. In addition, EMC and HP both released reference architectures that give organizations tested configurations for XenDesktop on each partners’ respective hardware. Finally, Dell released their Virtual Lab offering (for education institutions) on XenDesktop to provide students, faculty and administrators access to desktop, apps and data, while fully certifying the most needed applications.
  3. Partners leveraging the great Citrix+Microsoft partnership to deliver desktop virtualization to the masses. Many of the solutions that we saw announced this week are also built in combination with Microsoft. For example, CSC, HP, and Wipro have all announced their solutions and reference architectures based on Microsoft Hyper-V (and in some cases System Center) in order to ensure customers have the scale and performance they need – the CSC solution also leverages Cisco UCS and NetApp storage.
  4. Partners enabling the desktop transformation. Citrix Ready partners announced solutions and products that provide infrastructure assessment and migration solutions as well as monitoring and operation support for desktop virtualization. This week, these partners were demoing their products and showing how they can help you on the journey to Desktop as a Service. Learn more about how Citrix Ready partners and Systems Integrators can help with your desktop transformation.

I would also like to congratulate our two Citrix Ready Solution of the Year award winners, Cisco and Liquidware Labs. Cisco won for their commitment to the Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution with Citrix XenDesktop in the Business category and Liquidware Labs won for their ability to help customers virtualize their desktops. in the Technology category.

It’s one thing when Citrix talks about the momentum we are seeing in XenDesktop and desktop virtualization…It is quite another when your partners are standing next to you seeing and saying the same thing. I want to thank all of them personally for their support of XenDesktop and I hope our customers start experiencing the value from these joint solutions as well.