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Cloud integration platform may mean business for VARs

Cisco and BMC's cloud integration platform looks promising for VAR business. Citrix updated XenDesktop 5.0 and Microsoft released a SCVMM 2008 R2 release candidate.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Dec. 6-10, 2010.

Cisco and BMC cloud integration platform could spur VAR opportunities

The Integrated Cloud Delivery Platform from Cisco and BMC is the latest example of the business opportunities that solution providers may have with cloud integration products and tools.

Cisco Systems' networking systems and BMC's Cloud Lifecycle Management suite united to help form the Integrated Cloud Delivery Platform. Experts are saying that the shift to the cloud has become inevitable, and systems management leaders, including CA and Hewlett-Packard, say they are moving their data center software to the cloud. reports that solution providers that sell a cloud infrastructure will require it to be simplified into units that need automated, self-service cloud computing tools.

Citrix XenDesktop 5.0 updated with HDX and encryption improvements

Citrix Systems updated XenDesktop 5.0 and has made it available to solution providers' customers for download. New features include HDX enhancements, integration with XenClient, a new application portal and updated architecture.

The details surrounding XenDesktop 5.0 features were announced in October 2010 and also include encryption and offline support capabilities, according to The latest Citrix virtual desktop software offering costs $95 per user or per device for the VDI-only edition; Enterprise or Platinum editions cost $225 and $350, respectively.

Latest SCVMM 2008 R2 version close to release

Microsoft is close to releasing a version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM 2008 R2) Service Pack 1 that enhances some features in the newest version of Windows Server 2008 R2.

This update will allow solution providers to manage Hyper-V R2's new Dynamic Memory capabilities, Microsoft's answer to VMware's memory overcommit functionality, and will enable RemoteFX with SCVMM.

Microsoft recently made the SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 release candidate available, but it's not intended for production environments, according to

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