Citrix, Microsoft talk virtual desktop; IBM picks partners

Headlines: Citrix, Microsoft execs talk virtual desktop goals; IBM picks partners for dynamic infrastructure push; other IT channel news. news in brief for April 28, 2009

Citrix, Microsoft execs talk virtual desktop goals

Virtualization buddies Microsoft and Citrix have some common and not-so-common goals as Microsoft builds up its own virtualization arsenal. At a time when other Microsoft partners like Quest Software are coming into the fold, Microsoft must tread a fine line or it will be seen as favoring one ISV ally over others. Sumit Dhawan, vice president of product marketing for Citrix Systems, and Scott Woodgate, Microsoft's director of desktop virtualization, talked to about each company's respective strategies.

IBM picks partners for dynamic infrastructure push

Throwing more of its weight onto the energy-efficient computing bandwagon, IBM said today that it will help partners deliver integrated, automated and more energy-efficient computing infrastructure to customers.

The IBM Dynamic Infrastructure Specialty Program includes 25 inaugural business partners, including MSI Systems Integrators, Key Info Systems, Meridian IT Solutions and Levi, Ray & Shoup. IBM said, overall, 150 partners worldwide are working to join the program.

The company said it will help select VARs train and market their solutions and work with them on business development. Key areas of concentration are technology consolidation, virtualization and energy efficiency. Those VARs must devote five to ten days of training and certification testing and pay up to $6,000 to participate.

Oracle/Sun virtualization kings of the future?

A combination of Sun Microsystem's hardware and Oracle's software could make the new-and-bigger Oracle a rival to VMware's Virtual Data Center Operating System and Cisco's Unified Computing System. VMware consultant Lew Smith of Interphase Systems and the Virtualization Exchange blog discusses the new VMware vSphere 4 release and its potential impact on the virtualization market with

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