For years now, everyone (including yours truly) has been predicting the massive mainstream adoption of client virtualization.  But for various business and technical reasons (that I won’t bore you with) - the promise of client virtualization has eluded the benefits of scale.  Today, however, I see a new glimpse of hope…

 

Citrix and Virtual Computer have both been great and long standing partners of ours in the hypervisor space.  We’re very excited about today’s announcement to combine efforts and double down.  Bringing VCI’s PC management tools in with Citrix’s application delivery model really brings the best of both worlds together.  Additionally, with this acquisition, Citrix has obtained a top-notch engineering team to supplement their own.  And, of course, they’re both already on an Intel-optimized Xen hypervisor utilizing our hardware acceleration and security.  Great to see the renewed effort to truly get all the benefits of centralized management without sacrificing the user experience.

 

So I’m renewing my prediction that the massive adoption of client virtualization will happen.  Citrix and Intel will make that hockey stick reality on top of XenClient and business Ultrabooks™ with Intel Core vPro processors.  Look for some additional joint announcements in 2012!