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Open Door: Citrix free support if you leave VmWare for Xenserver or Hyper-V

October 20, 2009

Last week Citrix launched a new program called Project “Open Door”, “that offers advanced virtualization management along with free support, training and conversion tools to customers switching servers from VMware ESX or vSphere to Citrix XenServer or Microsoft Hyper-V.”
Let’s see the program details:
“The Project Open Door promotion will be effective worldwide from October 1 – March 31, 2010. Customers who decommission five or more VMware vSphere 4 or VI3 servers and replace them with XenServer or Hyper-V plus the Citrix Essentials solution, receive the following:

  • A free five incident support pack (5 by 8 hours) for every five servers converted
  • A voucher for six hours of online training for every five servers converted
  • Free migration tools for seamlessly transferring virtual machines from VMware to XenServer or Hyper-V”

I want to emphasize 2 aspects about this program.

  1. Considering more than 70 percent of enterprise customers are now using multiple hypervisors in production, demand for the Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer virtualization platforms continues to grow. Citrix says that over the past 30 days the number of large enterprise customers who have activated XenServer for production use has more than doubled respect this my previous post, and now represents 20 percent of the Global Fortune 500.
  2. Citrix is ready to invest support and training resources also if customers adopt a non Citrix product like Hyper-V!! So it’s clear that this program is designed to weaken the supremacy of VMware; in this case, whatever could be the hypervisor choice (either XenServer than HV are free) made by customers, Citrix will still return to its cost, thanks to the Essential component. It’s also clear that Microsoft could have a great advantage from this promotion, given the great free publicity for Hyper-V made by the Citrix sales machine.

For more information go to: http://citrix.com/opendoor

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