Citrix has a deep commitment to Systems Center 2012, which you’ll see in our demos and learn about in our sessions at both Summit and Synergy. In fact, Microsoft and Citrix work closely together to leverage System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and Systems Center Operations Manager to optimize Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp deployments.   Citrix leverages the capabilities of System Center to complement the automation, inventory management, delivery, acceleration and run-time monitoring of XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer and NetScaler deployments.

This joint solution enables customers to leverage their investment in a market-leading systems management tool-set combined with the best desktop virtualization solution and while enjoying flexible user-centric management of both physical and virtual assets.

Together, Citrix and Microsoft believe that customers should be able to leverage their existing tools, processes, and skills in which they already have investments for their traditional desktops and applications for managing Citrix virtualized desktops and applications.  And given the large number of enterprises already leveraging System Center and Microsoft’s clear leadership and synergy with Citrix in supporting user-focused, mobility enabling, cloud-model IT management, System Center is and will continue to be a management stack for which we optimize.

The combination of Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Hyper-V add up to the best platform on which to deploy your Citrix desktop cloud. This also enables  management of the underlying infrastructure. Citrix and ComTrade have also worked together to develop Service Packs that help customers blend physical and virtual management of desktop virtualization customers.

Specific to System Center Configuration Manager 2012, we’d like to draw attention to the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 with XenApp Connector integration tech preview. This project is aimed at administrators to allow them to deploy and publish applications to the XenApp farm servers from the SCCM Console.

Some of the value this solution provides includes:

  • A single pane of glass configuration management across physical and XenDesktop virtualized desktops
  • Orchestrated patching of XenApp farms from SCCM (directly or via PVS single image management)
  • User-centric application delivery leveraging  XenApp alongside MSI and App-V

Simply put, we are creating the bridge for IT to leverage Citrix’s powerful virtualization and mobility solutions without having to completely retool  the system management solution within the organization, and without the need for additional proprietary tools and solutions.

So please, enjoy Summit and Synergy Barcelona this year, and make sure to visit all things SystemCenter 2012 with Citrix to learn why we consider this collaborative solution to be truly best in class. Microsoft and Citrix are committed to simplifying and accelerating the adoption of desktop virtualization, reducing management complexity and delivering great customer experiences.

Patrick Carey, Director Product Management, DNA-PM

Amith Krishnan, Strategic Alliance Director, Microsoft