Today during Citrix Synergy’s Technology keynote, Calvin Hsu – Citrix Vice President of Product Marketing – announced Cisco’s participation in the Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance program. The Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance initiative enables hyperconverged infrastructure appliances, such as Cisco HyperFlex, to connect to the Citrix cloud to automate the setup and maintenance of Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp deployments.
The Citrix Workspace Appliance program was launched a few months ago at Citrix Summit, and shortly thereafter the Cisco and Citrix teams started collaborating on a HyperFlex solution. As Christian Reilly, Citrix Vice President of Global Product and Technology Strategy, stated recently, Cisco and Citrix’s collaboration goes back a long time (in IT years) and is more than just a marketing relationship but is about the products and joint engineering work.
With HyperFlex, Cisco has one of the most differentiated hyperconverged architectures (HCI) in the market with joint engineering of the UCS fabric-computing platform with a data platform built from scratch specifically for HCI with virtualization options. The approach, with deep hardware and software integration across compute, storage, and networking delivers industry-leading proven performance and predictability. The recently announced HyperFlex 2.5 release innovates in next gen stand-alone management via HyperFlex Connect, which paves the foundation to a non-vtax hypervisor strategy.
Cisco HyperFlex joins the Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance Program
Cisco HyperFlex does a great job at automating the setup and provisioning of the hyperconverged infrastructure and provides users with ready to use pools of resources for their workloads. What Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance provides is a hybrid cloud desktop solution on top of the HyperFlex infrastructure. This way you get all the benefits of having flexible on-prem hyperconverged infrastructure in your own data center managed by Citrix cloud. In other words you keep your workloads safely on-prem with your data, and the control plane in the cloud.
We are excited about joining the Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance program. This announcement is just the beginning and we are looking forward to continuing our joint engineering work with Citrix to deliver the components needed to bring this solution to fruition. So stay tuned and come by Cisco booth 202 at Synergy to talk to our technical team about what Cisco HyperFlex joining the Citrix HCI Workspace Appliance initiative means for your business.
Any indication that this will push forward XenServer support?
The next Hypervisor on the roadmap is Hyper-V
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