XenApp is Back, and Citrix With It
Citrix’s new CTO for desktops and applications, Gunnar Berger, has made the most important announcement about Citrix of 2014. Yes, even more important than the news that CEO Mark Templeton is returning to the hot seat.
In a Wednesday blog post, Berger admitted in public what many inside and outside Citrix have known for years: “we over rotated and SBC* became a second class citizen to VDI.” He followed up with the almost joyous shout:
“No more! XenApp is back!”?
And rightly so. Citrix’s decision to focus on VDI was, in many respects, understandable. VMware, playing to its strength in operating system virtualization, had already introduced VMware View, delivering a full desktop operating system from the data center, a direct threat to Citrix’s lifelong dominance of the desktop in the data center business. Egged on by Gartner’s proclamation of gold in them thar desktops, a 2009 Gartner report titled “Worldwide Hosted Virtual Desktop Market to Surpass $65 Billion in 2013,” it was entirely understandable that Citrix would react by prioritizing XenDesktop above XenApp.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.