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HP announces support for Citrix XenDesktop

Adding to the industry’s most complete portfolio of desktop virtualization offerings, HP today announced it plans to support Citrix XenDesktop™ upon its availability in May across its industry-standard HP ProLiant server and HP Compaq thin client product lines.

Citrix XenDesktop is a comprehensive desktop delivery solution that allows companies to virtualize Microsoft® Windows® desktops in the data center and deliver them on demand to office workers in any location. Using XenDesktop can dramatically simplify desktop management, enabling customers to provision new users far more quickly, improve data security and save up to 40 percent over the cost of installing and managing desktops on traditional PCs.(1)

HP, one of the world’s leading thin-client providers, is delivering integrated access to XenDesktop deployments to provide customers with safe, affordable, easy-to-deploy thin clients that enhance the user experience and reduce IT costs through simplified lifecycle management.

Very cool, bringing more options to the virtual desktop solution has to be a good thing for the virtualization platform, for innovation of the technology and the process. I haven’t seen much of XenDesktop, I’ll need to take a look at it, the more options we have for the range of end users and businesses, the more we can find the right solution for the different needs within the marketplace, that the technology can become an enabler in terms of cost, of support or energy efficiency has to be a good thing.

I wonder if we will see virtualization of the desktop return to the mainstream – to abstract the end user, their applications, their workload from the physical desktop asset.

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