"It's tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody's so different, I haven't changed"
-- "Life's Been Good To Me So Far," Joe Walsh, 1978
If you haven't looked at Citrix Systems
A cursory glance at the latest earnings report from Citrix should be enough to convince anybody that the XenSource virtual computing platform is taking over the entire company. The XenDesktop product line, which is a direct descendant of the old MetaFrame application hosting platform with a hearty helping of Xen virtualization trickery, represented four of the five largest transactions for Citrix during the first quarter. Driven by 18% year-over-year growth in cloud computing solutions and support services, total revenue came in at $414 million, or 12% above year-ago levels. Non-GAAP earnings jumped to $0.40 per share from $0.32 per share.
And the future strategy is all about the Xen brand. Citrix has entered a partnership with industry giant and longtime Citrix collaborator Microsoft
Other virtualization vendors like Microsoft, Red Hat
So Citrix is doing a better job than Joe Walsh ever did of moving into a future of pervasive cloud computing where the competition is heating up faster than a gas-fired oven. And don't forget that the Amazon.com