XenDesktop and XenApp are both "kinda like a cloud service," he said, but not when it comes to managing them. To be based on XenDesktop and CloudStack, Project Avalon will include a cloud service automation layer to allow multi-site, multi-tenant deployments with the provisioning and management features needed to support scaling to massive numbers of users.
The product will work with or incorporate various other Citrix products and technologies, including ShareFile for integrated cloud storage,.
Project Avalon will support both enterprise and service provider deployments with a single product.
A customer beta release will appear in the second half of 2012, but no indication of an intended release date for the final product has been announced.
"It's going to change the way you think about delivering Windows desktops and Windows apps in the cloud era," said Templeton,
Disclosure: the writer travelled to San Francisco as the guest of Citrix.