Following the recent Gartner announcement of Microsoft and Citrix new Leaders in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, the two alliance partners detailed to business managers and IT directors at a customer event at the Mövenpick Beirut hotel yesterday, new pathways to accelerate positive business transformation and increase Return on Investment (ROI) through Virtualization and the Private Cloud.
“Today’s rapidly evolving business needs are placing business and IT managers on the hot seat and the existing IT infrastructure under stress”, said Mark Chaban, Director of Private Cloud, Middle East and Africa (MEA), Microsoft. “In weathering changes, customers need new IT pathways that increase flexibility of the IT infrastructure and reduce costs; we believe the Private Cloud can help a great deal here and the journey to the cloud is filled with business benefits”.
The event provided an opportunity for over 50 professionals that attended from more than 25 companies from Lebanon to explore and discuss the benefits and possibilities now made available through Private Cloud solutions.
“It was very rewarding to see how the Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system has changed our IT infrastructure to one that is simpler, more cost-effective and more energy-efficient”, says Ziad Eid, IT Director, Université Saint Esprit Kaslik (USEK). “We feel a lot more satisfied with the new virtualized IT environment, which has given our institution a competitive edge and will grow with the university’s future demands”, added Ziad.
Over the past two decades, Microsoft and Citrix have partnered to provide application and desktop delivery solutions for customers of all sizes including enterprise, large, midmarket and small and midsize businesses. Through the tight integration of Citrix Xen solutions with Window Server 2008, Hyper-V virtualization technology, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Microsoft System Center suite, the companies have enabled businesses to deliver the right computing resources to their employees virtually anytime, anywhere and create IT systems that are more efficient, flexible and cost-effective.
“We wanted our customers to start driving business transformation and we continue to strengthen our alliance to remain one strategic partner, advising and delivering the best possible Virtualization solutions to meet each and every customer’s particular business transformation requirements”, said Aaron White, Regional Director MEA, Citrix.
In addition to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solutions (VDI), Microsoft and Citrix have expanded their alliance over the past three years to offer Applications, Data and Operating Systems virtualization solutions that allow customers more flexibility of access and speedy deployment of desktops and applications, higher data security, increased employee productivity, lower cost of IT operations, in addition to a better quality end-user experience.