Citrix just released the beta of XenDesktop. It's available to download by anyone. Remember that XenDesktp is a new product based on a combinations of what used to be Citrix Desktop Server, Citrix Provisioning Server (Ardence), and Citrix XenServer (for hosting desktop VMs). Citrix released a Tech Preview of the components of XenDesktop last November, but the three products weren't integrated at all.
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But today's release seems to be more like what the final will look like. According to the download page on Citrix.com, this release includes:
- Desktop Delivery Controller - Connects office workers to their personalized desktops with the best performance, ease of use and rich desktop experience.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - Enterprise-class virtualization infrastructure that creates the foundation for delivering virtual desktops and offers advanced management features.
- Virtual Desktop Provisioning - Stream a single desktop image to create many virtual desktops in the data center on demand, enabling simplified management and lower network storage costs.
- XenDesktop Setup Tool - A simple wizard to enable IT to quickly create and deliver hundreds of virtual desktop.
VMware released their competing VDI product, called VDM2, a month ago. My early sense is that XenDesktop will be the stronger product. I'm downloading it now (1.2GB) and will post more in-depth information about it next week.