Fujitsu Technology Solutions and Citrix Systems announce an OEM agreement that expands the relationship between the two companies to help customers reduce the cost and complexity of implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for enterprise customers.
Under terms of the agreement, Fujitsu will expand its portfolio of virtual workplace infrastructure solutions, a key part of its vision of providing customers with Dynamic Infrastructures. Fujitsu will integrate Citrix XenDesktop with “high definition” HDX technology into its virtual workplace solutions, giving customers a rich, personalised virtual desktop experience for end users in any location.
Fujitsu also announced plans to add Citrix XenServer virtualisation to its PRIMERGY rack and blade server offerings. This will add an extra benefit, especially to customers already working with Citrix XenApp.
Citrix XenDesktop will be one of the key enabling technologies for Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace and Managed Virtual Workplace product and service offerings, helping to dramatically improve service quality. Using the combined solution, Fujitsu customers will be able to considerably speed up the deployment of desktops to end users, rolling out thousands of personalised desktops in a fraction of the time, and managing all changes centrally. In addition, customers will be able to instantly bring employees back to productivity with a few mouse clicks in the case of a device failure.
Customers using the combined solution may choose from a variety of systems, including VDI-ready Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and Citrix Ready certified FUTRO thin clients, all tested and pre-integrated with Citrix XenDesktop. Fujitsu also offers a full range of virtual desktop services to support the offering, from consulting, to design and implementation, to production and maintenance.
“Desktop virtualisation is one of the primary focus areas in Fujitsu’s Dynamic Infrastructures vision,” says Dieter Herzog, executive vice president Technology Solutions Portfolio at Fujitsu Technology Solutions. “Our goal is to partner with the leading technology innovators in each market segment, providing our customers with best-in-class solutions and services.
"Thanks to its deep technology expertise in desktop virtualisation, Citrix was a natural partner for our Virtual Workplace and Managed Virtual Workplace product and services offering. By combining Fujitsu hardware with Citrix desktop virtualisation software, we are delivering comprehensive products and services that help customers quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of the switch to a centralised desktop management and delivery.”
As part of the broad agreement, Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY RX and BX servers are also now certified for Citrix XenServer. In addition, XenServer and the Citrix Essentials for XenServer virtualisation management offering will be integrated with Fujitsu PRIMERGY server management, ensuring a seamless management capability and giving customers a broad array of advanced virtualisation management solutions for their XenServer environments. As a result, Fujitsu customers and channel partners will now have a one-stop shopping experience for all the hardware, software and services needed to create and manage a dynamic virtual data centre.
“We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Fujitsu and extending our work into both the desktop and data centre virtualisation markets,” says Nick Keene, country manager, Citrix Systems. “Fujitsu’s virtual workplace infrastructure solutions, powered by Citrix XenDesktop with HDX technology, can dramatically reduce desktop management costs while giving end-users an unparalleled high definition experience. In the data centre, Citrix XenServer gives customers all the power of an enterprise-class, cloud-proven virtual data centre at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.”
The Fujitsu Virtual Workplace and Managed Virtual Workplace offerings with Citrix XenDesktop are available to all of Fujitsu customers through all channels beginning August 2009. Fujitsu data centre virtualisation solutions powered by Citrix XenServer and Citrix Essentials for XenServer are also available beginning in August 2009.