Microsoft, Citrix pitch VMware View trade-in; other news

Microsoft and Citrix use free licensing approach to entice VMware customers; Do bigger routers equal path to the cloud?

IT channel news in brief for March 19, 2010

Microsoft, Citrix pitch VMware View trade-in

Ripping a page out of the car sales 101 textbook, Microsoft and Citrix Systems want users to trade in their (free) VMware View virtual desktops for comparable Microsoft or Citrix technology.

Eligible customers must have Microsoft Software Assurance volume license to trade in VMware View licenses for the same number of Microsoft VDI Standard Suite subscription and Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition annual licenses. For free. The limit is 500 licenses, according to SearchVirtualDesktop.com. A Microsoft blog calls the trade-in a "Cash for Clunkers" type of deal.

Do bigger routers equal path to the cloud?

Cisco Systems Inc. would like you to think that bigger, faster routers -- like its souped up CRS-3 -- will pave the stairway to cloud computing. But as content delivery network (CDN) services push much content closer to the edge of that network, the almighty core may not be as strategic as Cisco says, according to consultant Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp.

CDN service providers, like Akamai Technologies, cache popular content within metro areas, so that customers don't travel back and forth over the Internet backbone to get their high-definition video stream from Netflix, Nolle told SearchTelecom.com. In this view, the internet is becoming more a federation of metro networks that divvy up the traffic load.

Microsoft: 'We're Number One' (in patents)

Microsoft's seen a few tough years. Google continues to trounce Microsoft's renamed "Bing" search service. And as Apple iPhone and ten Google Android phones stole the show, Microsoft went back to square one on its phone effort. But, in patents, Microsoft is the champion, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -- and that's for the third year in a row, writes TechFlash's Todd Bishop.

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