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Attention Span 09.05.11

Citrix C3 - Where are the partners?

At its annual customer get together, Citrix Synergy 2009, the company fulfilled our prediction of the true value of its XenSource acquisition in 2007 – an enabling technology for Presentation Server (now XenApp) and its desktop virtualization efforts (now XenDesktop). By adding these capabilities to its C3 platform for Internet service providers (ISPs) it has significantly differentiated its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) play from VMware vCloud, 3Tera AppLogic, and the other platform efforts in the market today. Instead of an ISP getting a relatively generic IaaS platform, they now get a robust set of service offerings – IaaS, Windows application hosting (somewhat of a SaaS offering) and desktop as a service.

But the announcement left me a little concerned when it wasn’t coupled with a list of brand name ISPs who have signed on to deliver this service to enterprise customers. Anyone out there? Perusal of Citrix’ C3 web site and Citrix Service Provider partner pages offer no insights either (Ingram Micro? Softcat? ExpressData? Not exactly ISPs). The technology without the partners looks a little incomplete. Citrix has started a timeclock on the credibility of this effort that it will need to fulfill soon.

New rPath CEO Torto charged with growing company

Raleigh software maker rPath, which has raised $25.5 million since being started by two former Red Hat executives in 2005, has hired Michael Torto as CEO.

Torto brings a decade of CEO experience in the software industry to rPath, which downsized earlier this year at about the same time that company co-founder Billy Marshall stepped down as CEO.

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