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XenDesktop 4 Wins InfoWorld 2010 Technology of the Year Award

January 31, 2010

A couple of weeks ago Citrix announced that “XenDesktop™ 4 has been honored as an InfoWorld 2010 Technology of the Year Award winner. Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape.”

InfoWorld Technology of the Year award winners are not just the best products in their class, but the products that are leading the way in the technology categories that businesses and IT professionals should care most about,” InfoWorld Test Center Executive Editor Doug Dineley said. “These are the products that are changing the way businesses operate and how people work.
We are honored that InfoWorld Test Center editor and reviewers recognized XenDesktop 4 as an InfoWorld 2010 Technology of the Year Award winner. It’s a testament not only to the strength of our innovative solution, but to the growing mainstream adoption of desktop virtualization overall,” said Raj Dhingra, group vice president and general manager, XenDesktop product group at Citrix Systems. “XenDesktop 4 has proven to be a market-leading and award-winning desktop virtualization product and to share this win with other top-notch solutions, like Intel’s Nehalem processor, Microsoft Windows 7 and Apple’s iPhone OS and AppStore is a true achievement.”

The success of VDI solution from Fort Lauderdale is also underlined by Q4 2009 results, recently announced by the CEO Mark Templeton. Here are some figures:
Citrix grew 9% during 2009, for a total of $451 million in revenue. Revenue from new license sales was $168 million, up 4% from 2008, and up 30% from Q3, while license update revenue increased 6% from 2008. Technical services increased 20%, led by support, maintenance agreements, and online SaaS revenue was $82 million, up 18%.
Citrix closed 5 deals with over 10,000 seats for XenDesktop in Q4 2009, reaching around 3,000 total XenDesktop customers. The company also counted over 20,000 XenServer downloads in that quarter. For the full year 2010, the company expects that total revenue will be in the range of $1.74 billion to $1.76 billion.

These figures demonstrate how the VDI is increasingly a key driver for Citrix and give reason to the company for having invested so much, especially on a commercial side, on that product.

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