Citrix makes software that allows enterprises to port Windows and other operating systems to "thin clients" over a network. The company said the consolidation offering would enable remote offices to simplify IT environments and reduce desktop administration tasks via centralised application delivery.
The solution uses Citrix MetaFrame XP application serving and management software and VMware's ESX Server virtual machine software, which runs on the IBM eServer xSeries 440 four- to 16-way Intel-processor based system.
Citrix said the offering is designed to smooth management of application sets, user populations and server farms by optimising the performance of physical servers required to support corporate users and the time spent on hardware provisioning, backups and recovery.
The joint partnership creates an offering that address IT "pain points" by taking stress off the physical datacentre and IT administrator, said Roger Rose, vice-president of enterprise partner sales for Citrix.