Dell is bundling XenSource's open-source virtualization technology across its line of PowerEdge servers, which will give the systems maker's customers an alternative to VMware's ESX Server and Virtual Infrastructure suite.
The two companies will offer details of the agreement at Citrix's iForum conference Oct. 23. Earlier in 2007, Citrix Systems announced that it would buy XenSource, whose founders helped develop the open-source Xen hypervisor, for $500 million. The move will help make Citrix a significant player in the virtualization space.
At the iForum conference, Citrix announced Citrix XenServer, the rebranded version of the XenEnterprise suite, which will be the virtualization platform that Dell bundles with its PowerEdge servers. Dell will not begin shipping servers with this bundled virtualization suite until the first quarter of 2008.
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