Citrix Launches SMB Initiative


5 Aug 2011
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Citrix has announced new products, solutions and programs to help small and medium businesses for desktop virtualization. Central to the company’s new SMB initiative is the release of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, the all-in-one virtual desktop solution, the first release following the acquisition of Kaviza in May 2011. In addition, Citrix announced a new solution combining Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and the Citrix GoToManage cloud-based support offering for managed service providers and IT staff to remotely monitor and support virtual desktop deployments at multiple sites or customer locations.

VDI-in-a-Box delivers a high-definition user experience with Citrix HDX technology, supports more than one billion business and consumer devices through the Citrix Receiver software client, and ensures high availability. Its design eliminates over 60 percent of traditional enterprise VDI infrastructure – including management servers and shared storage (SANs) – by creating a grid of off-the-shelf servers with direct-attached storage perfect for SMB environments.

The company also announced a new channel partner specialization for the Citrix Solution Advisor Program, called SMB Specialist that will begin certifying in January 2012.

The initiative includes support for Citrix Ready products from technology partners like Dell and Wyse that will offer hardware and software solutions. The combination of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5, Citrix GoToManage, the support of a strong Citrix Ready ecosystem, and a new SMB Specialists channel program, all help extend the benefits of “going virtual” at the desktop to 10s of 1000s of small and medium businesses worldwide.

To help channel partners, managed service providers and IT administrators support SMB customers, Citrix GoToManage has new dashboards and alerts to remotely monitor and support Citrix VDI-in-a-Box servers and virtual desktop deployments. GoToManage tracks key health and performance metrics on the physical and virtual infrastructure helping to keep end users productive. Alerts can be configured to provide an early-warning-system – giving IT pros time to troubleshoot problems and make configuration changes before users are impacted. With the GoToManage Remote Support module, it is easy to set up and securely access (over the Internet) all VDI-in-a-Box servers from a PC, Mac, or iPad.

The Dell and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box solution, available today from Dell, combines Dell validated server configurations and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box software into easy-to-use reference architectures, helping SMBs adopt desktop virtualization, while addressing implementation complexity and eliminating capital cost barriers. Wyse is offering the industry’s only zero-framework clients for VDI-in-a-Box with special partner promotions.

source : crn
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