Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 adds RingCube features: News in brief

Citrix has launched the latest version of XenDesktop, which includes personalisation features, XenClient 2 and WAN access.

Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 adds RingCube features
Citrix has updated XenDesktop, adding personalisation features, a new version of XenClient and wide area network access.

XenDesktop 5.5 features personalisation technology from RingCube, a company Citrix acquired earlier this month. The technology allows IT to personalise desktops for individual users within a virtual infrastructure.

XenDesktop 5.5 also includes XenClient 2, which lets users manage desktops centrally, and XenApp 6.5, which manages virtual applications. In addition, the new release supports Microsoft Hyper-V’s Remote FX, which improves the graphics capabilities of remote desktops. The wide area network capabilities will also improve desktop performance for remote users, Citrix said.

The VDI-only edition of XenDesktop 5.5 is available for $95 per user, while the Enterprise and Platinum editions -- which include application virtualisation -- are available for $225 and $350, respectively.

Veeam launches Backup and Replication 6
Virtualisation management vendor Veeam Software has announced Backup and Replication 6, which supports Microsoft Hyper-V.

Veeam Backup and Replication 6 also increases site-replication speeds and adds image-based data protection and one-click file restore features. The one-click restore allows Web-based recovery of virtual machines without a direct network connection. Veeam will highlight the product at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas next week, and the product will ship in the fourth quarter.

NetApp Q1 net profits drop
Storage vendor NetApp saw its net profits for the most recent quarter drop from $150.7 million (£92.15 million) a year ago to $139.5 million (£85.3 million). The company lowered its expectations, blaming the weak US economy.

NetApp said its sales “softened dramatically” in July because of uncertain economic conditions. It projected second quarter sales to be between $1.5 billion (£917 million) and $1.6 billion (£978 million), against analyst expectations of $1.61 billion (£985 million).

Archana Venkatraman is the site editor for 

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