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.