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Cisco and Citrix team up on desktop virtualisation

Jenny Williams

Cisco and Citrix Systems have announced a collaborative desktop virtualisation service, claiming that the product will simplify and reduce the cost of deploying enterprise users to high-definition virtual desktops and applications.

Combining support services with Cisco's unified computing and Citrix's XenDesktop technologies, the joint venture will accelerate set-up times through preconfigured service profiles and start kits, improve interoperability via reference design architecture, and open architecture for integration as well as providing greater performance, the companies said.

Prem Jain, senior vice-president of server, access and virtualisation technology group at Cisco, said, "By combining our innovations in unified computing with industry-leading desktop virtualisation from Citrix, we are delivering an integrated solution that drives down the cost and complexity of virtual desktop environments, while improving security and operational control."

CSC plans to use the Cisco Desktop Virtualisation Solution with Citrix XenDesktop as part of its CSC Dynamic Desktop service to support large-scale desktop virtualisation deployments for customers.

Microsoft and Citrix announced a programme earlier this year to jointly develop desktop virtualisation technology in a move they claim will lead to products that will simplify the way IT departments manage their desktop PCs.


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