One of the challenges with desktop virtualization and specifically VDI is its complexity. Executing and managing desktops centrally has great benefits, but the IT architecture and implementation path can be daunting for many IT organizations. Citrix is out to solve this exact dilemma with VDI-in-a-Box. VDI-in-a-Box offers some of the same capabilities of Citrix XenDestop in a simple, easy to consume package leveraging off the shelf x86 server hardware. Citrix just announced version 5.1 with additional features that included personalization, proactive monitoring, and early capabilities with Windows 8.
Citrix’s success with VDI-in-a-Box is tied pretty tight to two of its primary GTM partners: Dell and HP. If these companies can execute well together while Dell and HP drive the product into the market, it could lay the foundation for years of success for Citrix. There is risk in the fact that both Dell and HP have similar solutions with VMware – while they may be slightly different, they will still be viewed as competitive. Customer loyalty as well as Dell and HP’s capabilities to position and drive customer demand will play a giant factor into the success of these solutions.