Citrix unveils SMB business for desktop virtualization

Citrix announced new
products, solutions and programs designed to help small and medium businesses
move from the PC Era to the Cloud Era by capitalizing on the benefits of
desktop virtualization.

The company released a new
version of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, an affordable, all-in-one virtual desktop
solution designed for small and medium businesses.

VDI-in-a-Box 5 is the first
Citrix release of this market-leading desktop virtualization product following
the acquisition of Kaviza in May 2011. 

“There is pent-up demand
among small and medium organizations who want to realize the benefits of
desktop virtualization but have been underserved by existing solutions.
Together with our partners, Citrix is breaking down the barriers for smaller
organizations wanting to realize the business agility and efficiency of virtual
desktops but face tight budget and resource constraints,” said Krishna
Subramanian, vice president, Marketing & Business Development, SMB
Solutions, Citrix.

Citrix announced a new solution combining Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and the Citrix
GoToManage cloud-based support offering, making it easy for managed service
providers and IT staff to remotely monitor and support virtual desktop
deployments at multiple sites or customer locations.

Citrix also announced a new
channel partner specialization for the Citrix Solution Advisor Program, called
SMB Specialist. SMB Specialists, which Citrix will begin certifying in January
2012, will have access to an extensive set of sales tools, free online training
and pre-sales support focused specifically on helping them successfully engage
and service SMB customers. 

The new Citrix SMB
initiative also includes support for thousands of Citrix Ready products from
leading technology partners like Dell and Wyse that will offer validated
hardware and software solutions easily consumed by small and midsize business.

“Small and mid-sized organizations are
increasingly acknowledging the need to streamline their desktop management with
VDI, but they are often faced with significant deployment challenges.  By
combining validated Dell PowerEdge server configurations with Citrix
VDI-in-a-Box software, Dell is offering a unique solution in the market for
addressing implementation complexity and eliminating capital cost
barriers. The combination of Citrix software with Dell hardware makes IT
more agile so SMBs can drive strategic initiatives for their
organizations,”  said Rafael Colorado, director, Desktop Virtual
Solutions, Dell.

The combination of Citrix
VDI-in-a-Box 5, Citrix GoToManage, the support of a strong Citrix Ready
ecosystem, and a new SMB Specialists channel program, all help extend the
benefits of going virtual at the desktop to 10s of 1000s of small and medium
businesses worldwide.

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