Citrix changed XenDesktop 4.0 licensing

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
By Edwin

The last two weeks Citrix payed attention to their customers. Everyone seems to had some critical notes regarding the new licensing model for XenDesktop 4.0.

After all this commotion Citrix decided to change their license model for XenDesktop 4.0 and I think this decision is a really good thing. Citrix decided to make an new 3 layer license model as described below.

The new XenDesktop 4, VDI Edition is available for $95 per user/device, or $195 per concurrent user (CCU). XenDesktop 4, VDI Edition gives customers the ability to deliver best-in-class VDI-based desktops with a true HDX experience, and scale them up with our built-in provisioning services, profile management, and StorageLink™ technology. As with all the XenDesktop editions, the new VDI edition lets customers use any hypervisor, including XenServer or Hyper-V (both of which ship with all XenDesktop editions) as well as VMware ESX or vSphere.

When comparing the alternatives I can conclude that XenDesktop 4, VDI Edition is the best VDI product on the market, at a far better price than any other competing solution.

Citrix XenDesktop™ 4, VDI Edition – Best-in-class VDI-only solution available at $95 per user or device, or $195 per CCU
Citrix XenDesktop™ 4, Enterprise Edition – Enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution available at $225 per user or device
Citrix XenDesktop™ 4, Platinum Edition – Best-value comprehensive desktop virtualization solution available at $350 per user or device

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