Citrix Desktop Server to become XenDesktop

Citrix is slowly exposing its 360 degrees virtualization strategy.

The company first revealed that will push hard to extend its sales channel and close major partnerships around XenExpress OEM Edition. Then it announced a new product called Provisioning Server, based on acquired Ardence technology, which is already offered by Dell. But the biggest news are yet to come. has learned that Citrix is about to drop its connection broker Desktop Server, released just six months ago, as stand-alone product, re-launching it under the new name of XenDesktop, as part of XenEnterprise package.

It’s not known if Citrix will drop VMware ESX Server support in this transition, as existing customers are afraid of. The move is expected anyway, considering VMware is about to release its own connection broker, Virtual Desktop Manager, and wouldn’t recommend Citrix one anymore also because of XenSource acquisition and tight partnership with Microsoft.

The company is expected to disclose integration plans for XenSource within the end of this month, so an official announcement may be near.