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Microsoft Gives Desktop Virtualization a Fillip
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March 23, 2010

Microsoft Gives Desktop Virtualization a Fillip

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

In order to help organizations of all sizes to increase flexibility, employee productivity and IT cost saving, Microsoft (News - Alert) Corp.,has announced new investments in desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure.

Through a Webcast, the company detailed new technologies, simplified licensing models and announced an alliance with Citrix Systems (News - Alert) Inc., furthering its virtualization strategy from the desktop to the data center.

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Services Division at Microsoft, said that Microsoft would build on existing investments and comprehensive management in a cost effective manner, while mitigating risks and allowing end users to work from anywhere.

Desktop virtualization is a means to reduce costs and accelerate delivery of new applications. A study conducted revealed that customers using Microsoft virtualization technology found it to be cost saving, and also enabled applications to be delivered more quickly and efficiently.

Chaz Spahn, senior systems engineer for Expedia (News - Alert) Inc., said that they were on the constant lookout for the best IT solutions for their customers and employees, adding that they had chosen Microsoft as it had the right solutions to increase the speed of application and desktop provisioning, the ability to improve security and compliance and provide integrated management across the physical and virtual environments.

Microsoft outlined improvements that will make it easier to access desktop virtualization. New VDI promotions will be available for qualified customers , improved licensing model for virtual Windows desktop, and new roaming rights to improve flexibility. These are expected to come into effect from July 1, 2010.

Two new features will help customers to adjust memory of a guest virtual machine, and  will also enable them to maximize server hardware use. In addition, Windows XP will no longer require virutalization technology.

A new technology agreement with Citrix Systems will enable the companies to work together to enable the high-definition HDX technologies in Citrix XenDesktop to enhance and extend the capabilities of the Microsoft RemoteFX platform.

Gordon Payne, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Division, at Citrix Systems, said.. that the announcements marked a historic milestone in the 20-year relationship, adding  that it would dramatically simplify desktop computing in the years to come.

The Webcast also marked the beginning of a 100-city, worldwide series of events to educate customers on the comprehensive portfolio of desktop and datacenter virtualization solutions provided by Microsoft and its partners, including Citrix.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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