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HP Strengthens Desktop Virtualization Portfolio

HP Announced It Plans to Support Citrix XenDesktop Across Its HP ProLiant Server and HP Compaq Thin Client Product Lines

Adding to the complete portfolio of desktop virtualization offerings, HP announced it plans to support Citrix XenDesktop upon its availability in May across its industry-standard HP ProLiant server and HP Compaq thin client product lines.

Citrix XenDesktop is a comprehensive desktop delivery solution that allows companies to virtualize Microsoft Windows desktops in the data center and deliver them on demand to office workers in any location. Using XenDesktop can simplify desktop management, enabling customers to provision new users quickly, improve data security and save up to 40 percent over the cost of installing and managing desktops on traditional PCs.

HP is delivering integrated access to XenDesktop deployments to provide customers with safe, affordable, easy-to-deploy thin clients that enhance the user experience and reduce IT costs through simplified lifecycle management.

“HP offers a broad range of desktop solutions that make virtualization a reality for a very wide range of worker and IT infrastructure types,” said Roberto Moctezuma, vice president and general manager, Desktop Solutions Organization, HP. “The combination of HP virtualization and Citrix’s XenDesktop will provide IT departments with an excellent solution for simple and secure management of their desktop base while providing users an optimal computing experience.”

The addition of XenDesktop support allows an even more flexible and streamlined architecture for users working from remote locations, and it ensures high-speed application delivery across a virtual infrastructure.

This support also builds on HP’s recent introduction of HP ProLiant iVirtualization powered by Citrix XenServer. This combination allows HP customers to take advantage of Citrix’s full application and desktop delivery solutions to help make their IT infrastructures more flexible and dynamic from the desktop to the data center.

Additionally HP Business Service Automation and HP Insight Dynamics - VSE software provide seamless management of virtual and physical server environments. In supporting virtual clients, HP Business Service Automation can provision, patch and inventory client systems running Citrix XenDesktop technology.

“Support for Citrix XenDesktop across HP’s server and thin client products further extends the broad ecosystem of products and solutions that will accelerate the adoption of on-demand delivery to users anywhere,” said Raj Dhingra, group vice president and general manager, Desktop Delivery Group, Citrix Systems.

HP’s existing Remote Client Solutions portfolio of desktop virtualization offerings includes thin clients, blade servers, workstations, HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and traditional server-based computing. These help business customers reduce security risks and management and support costs by centralizing computing hardware and sensitive data within data centers.

More information about HP’s desktop virtualization solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/rcs.

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