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Citrix Unveils Groundbreaking New XenServer Pricing Model Making Virtualisation Easier and More Affordable for Customers Everywh

  • 02 April, 2008 10:45

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – April 2, 2008 – Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure today announced the general availability of Citrix XenServer™ 4.1, the product line’s first release since Citrix completed the acquisition of XenSource in late 2007. With the new release, Citrix also unveiled a groundbreaking new pricing model that allows customers to deploy an unlimited number of virtual machines per server at a single low price. The new simplified pricing applies to all editions of XenServer, including the recently announced XenServer Platinum Edition that brings the benefits of the dynamic datacentre to both physical and virtual servers for the first time ever. These enhancements, together with a rapidly expanding list of resellers and strategic infrastructure partners are making virtualisation far easier and more affordable for customers of all sizes.</p>
<p>“Server virtualisation technology is tracking to be equally as ubiquitous as the system BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), with embedded hypervisors being an assumed server component in coming years,” said Chris Wolf, senior analyst, Burton Group. “As organisations increasingly virtualise their data centres, they are consistently asking virtualisation vendors for simple, predictable pricing and licensing policies. Vendors who work to simplify licensing and pricing in a time of virtualisation ubiquity are showing leadership by demonstrating that they are clearly putting their customers’ interests first.”</p>
<p>Most server virtualisation solutions on the market charge incremental license fees based on the number of CPU sockets on each server. Not only does this model significantly increase the overall cost of virtualisation, it adds complexity for customers who must constantly track the number of deployed CPU sockets across their entire datacentre to ensure licensing compliance. With the new 4.1 release of XenServer, Citrix has removed this roadblock by offering a simple per-server licensing model across the entire XenServer product line. As a result, customers can now deploy an unlimited number of virtual machines or guest operating systems on each physical server for a single low price, regardless of whether it has one, two or four CPU sockets. The new pricing applies to the Standard, Enterprise and Platinum editions of Citrix XenServer. A free Express Edition of XenServer is also available for unlimited use on a single server.</p>
<p>“By introducing this new, streamlined licensing model, we’re taking yet another step toward friction-free deployment and continuing to make Citrix XenServer the easiest virtualisation solution to own and deploy,” said Matt Fairbanks, VP of product marketing, Virtualisation and Management Division for Citrix. “By combining the robust, high performance, and easy-to-manage XenServer product with this simplified licensing approach, we’re able to bring the benefits and ROI associated with virtualisation to more customers across more segments of IT – from the smallest shops to the largest enterprises.”</p>
<p>Rapidly Growing Customer and Partner Communities</p>
<p>Since acquiring XenSource a few months ago, Citrix also continues to dramatically expand the XenServer partner community and customer base. The number of reseller partners trained and authorised to sell XenServer has grown over eight-fold from just 300 in October 2007 to more than 2500 today, while the customer installed base has more than doubled. In addition to this rapid expansion in customer and reseller demand, Citrix has recently announced new strategic OEM agreements with Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC, resulting in XenServer now shipping embedded on more than 50 percent of all 64-bit x86 servers sold worldwide. Citrix has also recently unveiled partnerships with leading storage vendors like NetApp, enabling customers to manage their virtualised server and storage environments in a simpler and more integrated fashion (see yesterday’s announcement at: http://www.citrix.com/English/NE/news/news.asp?newsID=1340336). These enhancements and partnerships have all furthered Citrix’s goal of making end-to-end virtualisation far easier and more accessible to customers of all sizes.</p>
<p>Citrix XenServer Platinum – Available Soon</p>
<p>Citrix XenServer Platinum Edition, which will be available in April 2008, includes powerful new capabilities that dynamically provision both virtual and physical servers, extending the product’s value to servers running native workload images and assuring server consistency within silos by provisioning simultaneously from a single standard workload image. The result is increased IT responsiveness and agility by enabling capacity on-demand, and the ability to dynamically manage provisioning for disaster recovery and business continuity.</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>Customers can download a free 30-day trial of the new Citrix XenServer 4.1 starting today at www.citrix.com/xenserver. XenServer product suggested retail pricing starts at $600 per server for an annual license and $900 per server for a perpetual license. XenServer Express also remains available as a free download from the same web site. The new pricing applies to all industry standard 64-bit servers with up to four CPU sockets</p>
<p>About Citrix XenServer</p>
<p>Citrix XenServer, a member of the Citrix Delivery Centre™ product family, is an enterprise-class solution for virtualising application workloads across any number of servers in the datacentre as a flexible aggregated pool of computing resources. With the new Platinum Edition, XenServer becomes the first and only solution on the market to address both virtual and physical servers, making the entire datacentre more dynamic.</p>
<p>About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than 200,000 organisations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 99% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 7,680 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2007 was $1.4 billion.</p>
<p>For Citrix Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.</p>
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