the local launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Citrix Systems gave customers a sneak preview of its upcoming Citrix XenApp for Windows Server 2008.

Citrix XenApp, the company’s flagship application virtualisation product line – previously known as Citrix Presentation Server – delivers Windows-based applications with performance, security and cost savings.
XenApp is currently in beta testing with major Citrix and Microsoft customers worldwide. Early results show that it continues to be the most agile and flexible way to manage and deliver all Windows-based applications.
By supporting both Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, XenApp will enable customers to migrate to Windows Server 2008 allow for mixed environments that use existing IT investments in server hardware and software throughout the transition.
“Windows Server 2008 represents a major milestone for Microsoft and brings significant technology enhancements to our mutual customers,” says Patrick Irwin, product marketing manager for the application delivery infrastructure products, Citrix Systems. “We have worked alongside Microsoft, tuning XenApp for this roll-out ensuring we continue to drive innovation on the Windows platform. Our end-to-end virtualisation solutions – as part of the Citrix Delivery Centre – use and enhance the new platform, providing the best way for IT organisations to deliver applications to their users.”
Microsoft and Citrix have also extended their alliance for server virtualisation enabling IT departments to run heterogeneous hypervisor software. Citrix is developing a capability to enable the portability of virtual machines between the Xen hypervisor in Citrix XenServer and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
“This capability will offer the companies’ joint customer base a unified portfolio of virtual infrastructures that utilises both Hyper-V and the Xen hypervisor under a common System Center management platform,” says Nick Keene, country manager of Citrix Systems Southern Africa. “The XenServer product line combines comprehensive server virtualisation capabilities with scalability, performance and ease-of-use. Citrix’s end-to-end virtualisation strategy includes a strong shared alliance with Microsoft and a commitment to continued innovation on the Windows platform.”
“Our customers have told us that the best virtualisation solutions will be comprehensive, secure, and well-integrated with their Microsoft environments,” says Bob Muglia, senior vice-president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “We are excited to be working with Citrix to offer a complete virtualisation roadmap that will enable truly dynamic datacentres and meet the critical business requirements of the future.”