Fujitsu and Citrix Forge Desktop Virtualization Partnership
Expanded Virtual Workplace Infrastructure Solution Integrated with Citrix Desktop and Server Virtualization Technology Reduces Complexity of VDI
Fujitsu Technology Solutions and Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) today announced an OEM agreement that expands the relationship between the two companies to help customers reduce the cost and complexity of implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for enterprise customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Fujitsu will expand its portfolio of virtual workplace infrastructure solutions, a key part of its vision of providing customers with Dynamic Infrastructures. Fujitsu will integrate Citrix® XenDesktop™ with “high definition” HDX™ technology into its virtual workplace solutions, giving customers a rich, personalized virtual desktop experience for end users in any location. Fujitsu also announced plans to add Citrix® XenServer™ virtualization to its PRIMERGY rack and blade server offerings. This will add an extra benefit, especially to customers already working with Citrix® XenApp™.
High Definition Virtual Desktops
Citrix XenDesktop will be one of the key enabling technologies for Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace and Managed Virtual Workplace product and service offerings, helping to dramatically improve service quality. Using the combined solution, Fujitsu customers will be able to considerably speed up the deployment of desktops to end users, rolling out thousands of personalized desktops in a fraction of the time, and managing all changes centrally. In addition, customers will be able to instantly bring employees back to productivity with a few mouse clicks in the case of a device failure.
Customers using the combined solution may choose from a variety of systems, including VDI-ready Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and Citrix Ready™ certified FUTRO thin clients, all tested and pre-integrated with Citrix XenDesktop. Fujitsu also offers a full range of virtual desktop services to support the offering, from consulting, to design and implementation, to production and maintenance.
“Desktop virtualization is one of the primary focus areas in Fujitsu’s Dynamic Infrastructures vision,” said Dieter Herzog, Executive Vice President Technology Solutions Portfolio at Fujitsu Technology Solutions. “Our goal is to partner with the leading technology innovators in each market segment, providing our customers with best-in-class solutions and services. Thanks to its deep technology expertise in desktop virtualization, Citrix was a natural partner for our Virtual Workplace and Managed Virtual Workplace product and services offering. By combining Fujitsu hardware with Citrix desktop virtualization software, we are delivering comprehensive products and services that help customers quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of the switch to a centralized desktop management and delivery.”
From the Desktop to the Datacenter
As part of the broad agreement, Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY RX and BX servers are also now certified for Citrix XenServer. In addition, XenServer and the Citrix Essentials™ for XenServer™ virtualization management offering will be integrated with Fujitsu PRIMERGY server management, ensuring a seamless management capability and giving customers a broad array of advanced virtualization management solutions for their XenServer environments. As a result, Fujitsu customers and channel partners will now have a one-stop shopping experience for all the hardware, software and services needed to create and manage a dynamic virtual datacenter.
“We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Fujitsu and extending our work into both the desktop and datacenter virtualization markets,” said AJ Jennings, Vice President of Business Development for Citrix. “Fujitsu’s virtual workplace infrastructure solutions, powered by Citrix XenDesktop with HDX technology, can dramatically reduce desktop management costs while giving end users an unparalleled high definition experience. In the datacenter, Citrix XenServer gives customers all the power of an enterprise-class, cloud-proven virtual datacenter at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.”
The Fujitsu Virtual Workplace and Managed Virtual Workplace offerings with Citrix XenDesktop are available to all of Fujitsu customers through all channels beginning August 2009. Fujitsu datacenter virtualization solutions powered by Citrix XenServer and Citrix Essentials for XenServer are also available beginning in August 2009. For more details on these products and services, please visit: http://ts.fujitsu.com/products/standard_servers/server_solutions/citrix.html
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com
About Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Fujitsu Technology Solutions is the leading European IT infrastructure provider with a presence in all key markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, plus India, serving large-, medium- and small-sized companies as well as consumers. With its Dynamic Infrastructures approach, the company offers a full portfolio of IT products, solutions and services, ranging from clients to data center solutions, Managed Infrastructure and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Fujitsu Technology Solutions employs more than 10,000 people and is part of the global Fujitsu Group. For more information, please see: ts.fujitsu.com/aboutus
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leading provider of virtualization, networking and software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies for more than 230,000 organizations worldwide. Its Citrix Delivery Center™, Citrix Cloud Center™ (C3) and Citrix Online Services product families radically simplify computing for millions of users, delivering applications as an on-demand service to any user, in any location on any device. Citrix customers include the world’s largest Internet companies, 99 percent of Fortune Global 500 enterprises, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers worldwide. Citrix partners with over 10,000 companies worldwide in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1989, annual revenue in 2008 was $1.6 billion.
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