Microsoft to announce new VDI offering with Calista integration? – UPDATED

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, March 16th, 2010   |  

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For a long time Microsoft decided to not enter the VDI market, leaving the competition with VMware to its trusted partner Citrix.
Over time, the strategy slightly changed: in January 2008 the company acquired the startup Calista, and in July 2009 it released its first connection broker as part of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Considering its position in the industry, virtualization.info speculated that Microsoft is just waiting for the right moment to enter the VDI space in a serious way.

Now several parts reports that this week Microsoft will make its move, by lowering the VDI cost with a more friendly license and by making VDI more powerful, with the merge of Calista technologies in the RDP code.

The announcement may come March 18 at 9am PST, according to this new website that recently surfaced online. 

Update: With a short note on its corporate blogs, Citrix announced that it will join Microsoft in this announcement.
This should clarifies once again that the two are not going to compete anytime soon despite the overlapping offering.



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