Citrix has announced new engineering support for the optimization of its own products and Windows applications that run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). As interoperability and performance of workloads on the cloud continue to feel the weight of vendor enhancement efforts, Citrix is aspiring to boost these factors while trying to balance continued innovation for the Xen virtualization platform.
Citrix will also work to extend these optimizations to on-premise deployments of its commercial server virtualization platform Citrix XenServer in the hope that customers will find it easier to migrate workloads between enterprise data centers and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). This, in turn, should provide AWS customers with Citrix services focused on virtualizing and optimizing the delivery of Windows workloads.
Citrix and Amazon Web Services customers can expect the following benefits from this collaboration:
- Enhanced Interoperability: The collaboration will make it easier for XenServer customers to take advantage of the pay-as-you-go benefits of AWS and cloud computing.
- Crossing Clouds: With this collaboration, XenServer customers will be able to better connect, migrate and manage virtual machines across both AWS and on-premise XenServer.
- Advanced Cloud Solutions: Citrix will collaborate on advanced cloud solutions for the enterprise such as disaster recovery, applications-on-demand, advanced security and compliance.
"This news expands our relationship with Amazon Web Services to enhance features in Xen, helping to further the rapid adoption of cloud computing by enterprise customers," said Simon Crosby, CTO of the data center and cloud division at Citrix. "This effort will also focus on furthering compatibility with AWS to give customers an enhanced experience when connecting their XenServer virtualized data centers. Citrix will continue to work with Amazon to enable easier migration of workloads to the cloud to take advantage of the elasticity, cost and scalability benefits of AWS."