Microsoft Corp. and Citrix Systems Inc. announced today that they have tightened their virtualization partnership to help both companies compete more effectively with market leader VMware Inc.
Citrix said it plans to release a new suite of virtualization management tools in April, called Citrix Essentials, that will be offered in two versions -- one for Microsoft's Hyper-V software and another for Citrix XenServer.
Citrix has more advanced management tools than Microsoft for virtual environments, and Microsoft said it hopes the partnership will help spread the use of Hyper-V in data centers. In return, Microsoft has pledged to manage XenServer environments with the next version of its Systems Center management software, which works only with Hyper-V and VMware's ESX. It will also market and sell Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V to its customers worldwide, the companies said.