Citrix reveals software virtualisation strategy

Citrix revealed its virtualisation strategy at the iForum user conference in Las Vegas in mid-October, with the announcement of Project Constellation.

Citrix revealed its virtualisation strategy at the iForum user conference in Las Vegas in mid-October, with the announcement of Project Constellation.

The project centres on next-generation application virtualisation technologies designed for Microsoft's forthcoming 64-bit Windows Vista Server operating system.

Citrix president and chief executive Mark Templeton said the technologies will lead to a broader set of Citrix products that will allow users to deliver, manage and support on-demand applications and IT services.

"Constellation represents our vision of the future of application virtualisation," said Templeton. "Constellation comprises innovative technologies that have been under development for the past two years and will result in many new application virtualisation products, features and options."

Constellation technologies can monitor the health of an IT system to improve its resilience, isolate problems and boost fault tolerance, he said. They include autonomic load management to make the system more stable.

Constellation has also been designed to provide better "end-to-end" visibility and reporting of the whole system, to monitor and manage service level agreements. This includes monitoring the end-user experience.

Citrix has also been working on graphics acceleration technology.

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