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I recently read a post on the official Citrix blog entitled “Top 2 XenApp Questions at Windows Server 2008 Launch Events”. According to this post the two top questions were:

  1. Do Citrix and Microsoft compete in the virtualization space?
  2. Do I need Citrix with Windows Server 2008?

Citrix are apparently still working out the answer to question number 2, which I guess is to be expected given that they don’t actually have a product for that platform. In any event the proper basis for comparison should be Windows Server 2008 with Ericom’s free version of PowerTerm WebConnect, which is available right now. To learn more about this offering please attend the upcoming joint Microsoft / Ericom TechNet Webcast.

I was very curious regarding Citrix’s answer to question number 1. Unfortunately all I got instead was a lot of Marketing Speak about cooperation and collaboration. This is all very nice but in this case what is expected is a simple Yes or No. It seems to me, based on announced features and capabilities, that Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V will compete with each other, and the Citrix blog post doesn’t change this outlook.

I find it very amusing to see an official Citrix blog post which raises two such fundamental questions and then neglects to answer either one of them!

Dan Shappir is responsible for all aspects of product design, software development and maintenance of the Ericom's product lines. Mr. Shappir joined Ericom in 2001 and brings over 15 years experience in computer programming, and in the design and architecture of software products. Mr. Shappir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and an M.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. | Ericom Software
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