Citrix Takes XenDesktop To The Cloud With Project Avalon

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In the fast-moving cloud space, VMware this week at Interop in Las Vegas announced its own cloud initiative, the software-defined data center, which uses virtualization as its central, managing feature.

He also praised the Apache Software Foundation, which manages development of the Apache OpenStack. “The Apache Software Foundation is the number one open-source foundation in the cloud era,” Dholakia said.

Citrix made waves in the cloud market in early April by withdrawing its OpenStack open-source cloud distribution and moving its CloudStack software platform to the Apache Software Foundation, which gave Citrix and its customers greater access to Amazon Web Services.

Some analysts interpreted the move as undermining OpenStack -- the open-source, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, cloud computing project co-founded by Rackspace -- and strengthening Rackspace rival Amazon.

One analyst said Project Avalon is an early-stage cloud initiative for Citrix.

“At the moment, Project Avalon is an enabling architecture to move XenDesktop and XenApps to the cloud,” said Agatha Poon, research manager for Global Cloud Computing with Tier1Research. “The long-term goal is to be platform-agnostic -- to support other, third party platforms.”

Citrix will release Project Avalon in a beta version in the second half of 2012.

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