Citrix XenDesktop Beta is available for public download

Citrix just released the beta of XenDesktop. It's available to download by anyone.

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.

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.

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See here: http://citrixblogger.org/2008/02/27/xendesktop-beta/

 

Only thing is that they really don't explain it in full english, and there still using the Citrix Desktop Server name and the XenDesktop, just to confuse some more if you weren't already confused.  Got love that Citrix!

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Definately gonna play around with this one :)
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Unfortunately still very limited VMware ESX/VC integration in this release.

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out of 18 articles on this page 10 are dedicated to one company: Citrix.

Brian, c'mon tell me how much sponsorship money is Citrix pouring into your venture?

Are you implying that Citrix represents 60% of the virtualization and application delivery market?

I've been to one of your gigs and frankly, your session amounted to little more than regurgitation of Citrix e,ployee blogs.

get on with the times. 

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I've noticed that as well.  He is also somewhat partial to provision.  Did you see the announcement from Ericom today, supported by Microsoft, for free software?  Brian, what's your take on that?
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I saw that - whats the deal with that? how come it's free? is it still full Ericom or only stripped down version of it?
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Anytime someone wants to blast Brian they hide behind the guest identity. I bet they are the same ones who know it all about SBC as a guest but yet are afraid to ask with a real identity.

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Yeah, and half the posts are critical of Citrix as well. Not sure why that's so biased.

Brian's real focus is on Windows application delivery, and in that space, like it or not, Citrix dominates. If this site were to expand out into the networking side of application delivery (web apps), I'm sure we'd see a lot of F5 and others, not just Citrix NetScaler. And if it branched more into the datacenter side (app workloads running on servers), then we'd see a lot more of VMware. Those changes would be very cool, but that's not where Brian is focused today.

Citrix may not be 60% of the total application delivery market, but I don't think Brian's trying to cover the full application delivery market, just the Windows user tier app side (where Citrix is, in fact, 60% of the market, like it or not).

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It appears to be a version for Windows Server 2008, I think today was the official launch by Microsoft.  Microsoft must have known about this Ericom product since they are quoted in the press release.  Interesting that VMworld Europe is also today!  Coincidence?
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My take on the Ericom press release if just that - it's an Ericom press release.  Yes, there is a Microsoft quote in it, however, if it was something big it would be on Microsoft paper and not just Ericom paper. 

And lets remember that you get what you pay for - it's free!  If Ericom could charge for it, they would.  Ericom is a for profit business.  Obviously, customers don't see any merit in it and this is just a ploy for Ericom to try and seed the market.

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Yes, but he also covers the virtualization space and Citrix is playing catch-up there.
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I think this is a trend toward commoditization of the market.  Citrix is positioned as a premium product and now with the improvements of WS2008, terminal services will be a viable technology for the SMB market and enterprises with pretty basic implementations.  BTW, I don't think that Microsoft issues press releases for 3rd party products.  Not sure what you mean by customers not seeing merit?  WS2008 hasn't been deployed widely yet.  From what I've heard, they've made some great improvements in TS.  Microsoft seems to be putting a lot of resources behind this version and see value in this market.
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I don't see Brian talking much about server virtualization, which is the area Citrix is just entering with XenServer. His focus is more at the user tier (app and desktop virtualization). Citrix dominates on the app side and is on pretty much even ground with everyone in desktop virtualization where no one is selling much yet.
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you're right... Guess posting should be disable !

if you don't like Brian's point of view, please comment with argument. Be a professional, not a lamer ! 

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Brian rules!
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Oké, like it or not, but there will always be critisisme...

I still like the work Brain and others are doing, and sure on Citrix there is no better place to be.

Now back on topic; i like the idea of provisioning server, but am vary disapointed in Xenserver.  At this moment VMWARE ESX is the only vaiable product for enterprise virtiualization. And it looks like Xenserver has a lot of catching up to do.

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10 of 18 are dedicated to Citrix. Sure. But of those 10, how many are me saying good things about Citrix, and how many are bad. And if I like a company, I'm gonna say it. And Citrix is doing a lot of things right.

You also asked if I was implying that Citrix had a 60% market share because a random small sample of my articles were 60% Citrix. Are you suggesting that I need to implement some kind of vendor affirmative action policy? What if I wrote an article about Ericom. Would that mean I was "implying" that Ericom owns 5.5% of the market? (1 / 18)?

Finally, which "gig" of mine were you at? Honestly I can't EVER remember giving any presentation ever where I wasn't also critical of Citrix.

For the record, we are not sponsored by Citrix, Ericom, Microsoft, or any other company. Our venture is independent. Our articles are independent and not sponsored. 

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Yeah we're getting ready to turn of guest posts. We had to do a little bit of coding to make that happen, and we'll include that new "feature" in the next site update. Of course I know that guests will just be able to create fake usernames and post anyway, but at least you'll be able to click on that name link and see whether that person ever posts anything useful or whether they're just a troll.
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Perhaps you should check out Ron Oglesby's ESX vs XEN head to head video, you would be surprised

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I'm curious... what specifically is dissappointing about XenServer? Remember I'm coming at all of this from an SBC angle, not a hard-core "virtualization guy," so to speak. XenServer seems fine to me. So does VI3. But for something like XenDesktop, I would think people would generally prefer to have everything all included?
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"Did you see the announcement from Ericom today?"

That post came from an Ericom IP address. (Nice that they managed to ask if I've seen the Ericom thing AND get a dig in on me for being partial to Provision.) Classy.

I did see the Ericom thing though and I'm collecting more details which I'll write about next week. It's worth writing about because it seems interesting, even though Ericom's folks are acting like nitwits by posting anonymously here. There are a LOT of anonymous posts from Ericom on this site. Of course there are also from Provision and Citrix and others too. So whatever. To everyone who posts, just keep your cool and remember we have IP addresses. (And even if we can't get a source WHOIS, 50 posts from a logged-in person with a single guest post from the same IP is a bit fishy.) Maybe as a gift to the community I can display source IP addresses publicly for a day. :) 

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I agree with the main points here. I'm trying to focus on delivery of Windows applications and Windows desktops. That's why I don't write about NetScaler. As for virtualization, it's a gray area. I'm not trying to write about all virtualization per se, but just trying to figure out what's most relevant to people in the Windows app and desktop spaces.
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Hi Kevin, could you link to that video please? Many thanks!
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Microsoft doesn't issue press releases on their own paper about partners solutions or partners themselves?!?  Go to their website and check out their releases!  Doesn't happen all the time as it is very hard to get to happen, however, yes it does happen if the release really means something for Microsoft.

Customers don't see merit in technology that has to be "free".

 

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Brian, I would not even bother dealing with the guests on your forum like him. Spend more time providing us with free excellent advice in forms of articles, podcasts and your upcoming book.
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Hi Kevin, wouldn't mind seeing that myself.  where is it?
Lee Wynne
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I saw it on the Briforum Amsterdam 2007 site. You may have to ask Ron or Brian if it is on another link. If you have not been to a Briforum and registered then you may not be able to view it. Basically Ron found they were more or less even in performance. But the price difference is what gives Xen the thumbs up. I am both VMware VCP and Citrix CCIA so I am not in any way biased but when a client wants options you have to give them the truth.

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thanks, read this recently, which was interesting.  http://alsolorzano.com/blogs/opinion/archive/2008/01/19/citrix-xenserver-4-0-1-review.aspx
Not sure how things have moved on since then.  The hba failover is important, there is no mention of support of RDM support either.
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Just for clarification, this includes provisioning for desktops and not for datacenters.  Do we know if the provisioning for datacenters will be included with xenserver or will remain a stand alone product?Lee Wynne
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Provisioning Server for Desktops will be included with XenDesktop (on a certain level) and Provisioning Server for Datacenters will be included with XenServer (on a certain level). This makes sense as each product targets a different buying center.

 -Frederick

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Anyone able to download this? I feeled out the survey and was then redirected to a site giving me a Download ID and it's prompting me to log on. I thought i might get something in an email but haven't??
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Nevermind... used a different email address and it's working...
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Brian could you put a public link up for this from Ron Oglesby's ESX vs XEN head to head at Briforum Amsterdam 2007?  I know that this is usually reserved for Briforum attendees, but I go to the US one and not the Europe one since I live in the US, and the even if Ron will do this again for the upcoming Briforum, well that's still many months away.
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I heard the GA date is now end of year or last quarter.  Is this correct?
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GA is not end of year.

 I "played" around with the TechPreview, and it was exactly that.  A pre-release Beta.  It behaved as such.  There were some bugs, and the setup tool was in it's first iteration, as was most of the products in the release.

 I spent last weekend installing and recreating that TechPreview environment with the released Beta, and was blown away.  Brian, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.   Look for my blog shortly.

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4th quarter GA
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My comments on Xenserver are very simple:

  1. Out of the box P2V only available for LINUX
  2. Storage requirements for shared storage
  3. interoperationality of vm's between XENservers (regards to local and shared storage)
  4. Resource pooling, but no HA, Balooning
  5. No snapshotting technology

 

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thanks Frederick, I thought that would be the case.  What does 'on a certain level' mean?lee
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This site is gonna be BORING without guest posting!

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GA in May according to Citrix rep in booth at VMWorld Europe. This lines up with what I heard from another Citrix rep before the show - "before end of Q2".
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Whats the point in looking at head to head comparisons of ESX vs Xen from Briforum 2007, both companies have since released newer versions/features of their products, Citrix had probably just bought XenSource then.  Wouldn't it be more useful for a comparison based on what products (including betas) that both companies are offering today to next 6 months?  Not having seen Ron's presentation, but I could guess that answers to 60% of comments will be 'its in the latest version or next release'.

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We're actually looking into this right now, and that video is as good a starting point as any.  At this point, it isn't technically possible for us, but it should be next week.  Keep your eyes peeled.
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"For the record, we are not sponsored by Citrix, Ericom, Microsoft, or any other company. Our venture is independent. Our articles are independent and not sponsored."

And so what if you were? It's your site Brian, write whatever you want! The reading stats will determine whether or not it's of interest. Anyhow, every regular reader knows you would have the integrity to say things as you saw them, even if your site were to be sponsored. But don't get me wrong, I like websites with no advertising so keep it that way if possible!

Come on Ericom guys, buy yourselves a six foot by six foot deep fat frier, take that enormous chip off your shoulder, cook it, eat it and get on with it. We know you, we've heard of you, we know you do the same sort of thing as Citrix, now give us all a break. You're tiny, Citrix are big, what do you expect people to be more interested in.

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I've read VC integration is limited with this beta, but does that mean you cannot import your VC? Has anyone successfully done so? If so, how? Thanks.
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Maybe it is time to deny Guest posts? so what if there are fewer comments? if people want to comment, they should stand by their comments or spit trash talk on their own walls instead of wasting everyone elses time? :-)

 /LamerSmurf

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that's a real shame. Those of us who are work for corps and can't say who we are but have posted good stuff to this community will now just have to pretend we are somebody else. I'd like to have th fake user name of Guest :-)
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Platinum Editions I believe. I think they are going with Express (free), Standard, Enterprise, and Platinum.
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