Citrix goes for SMB VDI with purchase of Kiviza

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Citrix is focused on VDI in the enterprise with XenDesktop. However, XenDesktop isn’t always best for SMB’s trying to get their feet wet. Therefore, Citrix has acquired a company called Kaviza. Kaviza makes a product called VDI-in-a-Box. VDI-in-a-box is a turnkey product that bundles all the core VDI functionality into one single virtual appliance. Dynamic desktop provisioning, load balancing, high-availability, user and desktop management are built-in.

Gabe Knuth wrote a article detailing the acquisition. Gabe poses the following questions:

  • Will we see a sort of XenDesktop Fundamentals like we have with XenApp Fundamentals, which is a turnkey solution for deploying XenApp that is aimed at SMBs?
  • Will VDI-in-a-Box continue to run on VMware ESX or ESXi? Will it be extended to Hyper-V?
  • Will VDI-in-a-Box still be sold at two price points, one with HDX and one without?

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