Coopetition: Citrix +/- VMware Products and People
In the virtualization marketplace, when a vendor expands its core business and attempts to grab a piece of the new market from an existing incumbent, the vendors view each other as competitors. In 2007, when Citrix purchased XenSource, VMware vSphere clearly became the enemy, and Citrix envisioned that XenServer + XenApp/XenDesktop would take over the virtual world. That didn’t quite happen.
But then again, VMware’s vSphere + Horizon View, formerly known as View and VDM, wasn’t able to claim victory in the VDI market after it was released in 2007. Horizon View wasn’t the first player in this field: Citrix’s first iteration of VDI was released in 2006 with its Desktop Broker (part of Presentation Server 4.0).
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