Nutanix has partnered with Citrix to bring its hyper-converged technology and new hypervisor, Acropolis, to support desktop virtualisation.
Citrix is supporting the complete Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor solution, which has been verified as Citrix Ready. Nutanix said the solution provides customers with a high-performance, scalable infrastructure to power Citrix’ XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp products.
The verification comes only two months after the Acropolis Hypervisor was introduced to the market. Nutanix managing director A/NZ, Wayne Neich, said that prior to Acropolis, supporting a Citrix virtualised desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment would have needed a hypervisor from one of the other hypervisor organisations.
“Today, Nutanix is not only able to provide the hyperconverged computing platform, but the hypervisor as well,” he said.
Neich said this will make deploying a virtualised environment simpler and cheaper for partners because it involves only two vendors.
Citrix director workplace product sales, David Nicol, echoed Neich’s sentiment, saying that the partnership makes the solution more accessible to end users and will improve partner’s value proposition.
“When we look to an infrastructure provider, we are looking at how to get our technology in the hands of customers at the lowest price and in the simple way as possible,” he said.
“In both cases, Nutanix through its platform has provided significant benefits for our partners in taking our technology to market.
“Traditionally, one of the more significant cost involved in delivering a XenApp or a XenDesktop was storage.
“What Nutanix has done by moving away from traditional SAN technology and the hypervisor, goes a significant way to reducing the cost of the whole solution.”
In the initial phase of the alignment, the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform, running the Acropolis Hypervisor, has been verified as Citrix Ready for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6, as well as NetScaler and ShareFile.
Customers are said to benefit from the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric that delivers enterprise-class storage services to all virtualized desktops and apps, and scales linearly to support any size deployment.
Joint customers are also expected to benefit from a greater selection of supported hypervisors for VDI initiatives, including the new Acropolis Hypervisor.