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Citrix mounts Acropolis, offers support for Nutanix citizenry

No need to beware of geeks bearing gifts, this time

Nutanix is getting welcome support from Citrix for its brand-new KVM-based hypervisor effort.

Citrix, whose CEO Mark Templeton is on the way out, is under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management as it supports the whole Acropolis product set – which has now become "Citrix Ready", in Citrix-speak.

Acropolis can be used as the base for Citrix XenDesktop (VDI) and XenApp (app virtualisation) products.

Nutanix's Xtreme Computing Platform running the Acropolis Hypervisor has been verified as Citrix Ready for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6, as well as NetScaler and ShareFile.

It's good news for Nutanix, and Citrix will be hoping that Acropolis adoption will help it survive competition from VMware and Microsoft.

Nutanix blogger Kees Baggerman said: "With Citrix Ready certification from Citrix for XenDesktop on Acropolis Hypervisor, we can deploy VMs hosted on Acropolis Hypervisor with the Citrix VDA installed. Combining that with an intelligent script framework based on PowerShell, we’re able to deploy VDI or RDSH-based VMs that are ready to provide desktops and/or applications to your users."

He said that the "next phase will be to provide an integrated deployment method that will support automated machine catalog management on MCS (Citrix Machine Creation Service)."

Anything such as this, that makes life simpler for users and admins, will be good, and if Nutanix Acropolis/Citrix performs better than Nutanix/VMware then so much the better.

Citrix and Nutanix are planning to formally support XenApp and XenDesktop software on Acropolis Hypervisor in September. ®


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