Citrix reaches distribution agreements with Dell and HP

After announcing new product XenDesktop and its virtualization strategy after XenSource acquisition, Citrix now unveils major distribution agreements with popular OEMs.

First one is with Dell:

Citrix Systems, Inc., the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, and Dell Inc. today announced a partnership to make server virtualization technology a reality for customers of all sizes. By offering Citrix XenServer OEM Edition across Dell’s PowerEdge server line in the coming year, the companies will bring built-in, easy-to-use virtual machine installation and management to millions of Dell customers worldwide.

As part of the agreement, Citrix XenServer will support Dell OpenManage and Dell will offer the more comprehensive multi-server Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition as a standalone product or as an easy software license key upgrade from the embedded XenServer OEM Edition. Additionally, XenServer OEM Edition and XenServer Enterprise will be tested, qualified and supported by Dell.

Dell expects to begin shipping servers embedded with Citrix XenServer OEM Edition in Q1 2008.

Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition can also be purchased directly from Dell or an authorized reseller…

Second one is with HP:

Today at Citrix iForum, the world’s largest application delivery conference, Citrix Systems, Inc. announced an agreement with HP to qualify and sell Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition (formerly XenSource XenEnterprise) on industry-standard HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers.

HP ProLiant servers provide optimum operational efficiency and virtualization performance for consolidation and energy efficiency. HP and Citrix’s expanded relationship provides customers the ability to purchase an entire virtualization solution, from server to software, from HP with the added benefit of interoperability and HP support…

Price is identical in both agreements and doesn’t change from the one announced for XenEnterprise 4.0.