The solution stack is designed to help remote offices simplify their IT environments and reduce desktop administration tasks.
The solution combines Citrix MetaFrame XP application serving and management software with VMware's ESX Server virtual machine software that runs on the IBM eServer xSeries 440 4-way to 16-way Intel-processor based system.
The solution is scheduled to begin shipping by the end of November.
The x440 drives the solution, but the power behind the system is IBM's X-Architecture technology, which offers a "building block" approach to expansion whereby enterprise pay for computing power incrementally as they need it. The server supports up to 16 processors.
ESX Server then runs on top of the x440 hardware, providing a virtualization layer that allows multiple virtual servers to run different operating systems in the same machine.
An optimized version of Citrix MetaFrame XP completes the trifecta. It provides an infrastructure to deliver client applications to any device by transferring management of the local client desktop to the data center, ideally enabling enterprises to save time and money on application maintenance, hardware upgrades, help desk support, and training.
Citrix also claims for Citrix MetaFrame XP: server-based access from any device, rapid deployment of applications, and seamless business continuity through centralized replication and ubiquitous access.
"Working together, Citrix, IBM and VMware have created a compelling solution that addresses these pain points -- taking stress off the physical data center and the enterprise IT administrator. We believe this joint solution offers customers real benefits for last mile control, while minimizing data center and server administration costs," said Roger Rose, vice president of enterprise partner sales for Citrix.
Deepak Advani, vice president, IBM eServer xSeries added, "By enabling customers to scale 'virtually' on one powerful server rather than many smaller physical servers, we believe this solution will provide several benefits, including fewer servers to manage, better utilization of system resources, and faster and easier provisioning of new 'virtual' servers."