More importantly as a strategic step – if not one relevant to customers, who tell most surveyors they don't care – Citrix will expand its backing for the OpenStack open-source cloud effort backed by it and a few other cloud-ish vendors who are not VMware and kind of resent it.
Project Olympus – which isn't nearly as pretentious as its name makes it sound, Wesson implied without offering proof – is a cloud platform based on its XenServer, Open Stack and a lot of hope that companies will want more of a DIY approach to cloud building.
Project Olympus will automate most of the infrastructure and administration so it's not all DIY, Wesson said.
More importantly to him and other top execs at Citrix, it's not designed to layer on top of existing data-center infrastructure and treat cloud functions as an add-on (like VMware).
It's designed to create cleaner, higher-performing clouds using a purpose-built infrastructure that breaks free of the limits and restrictions of aging data centers and move customers into a better world where they don't have to worry about backward compatibility, federation of identity and security metadata, integration of Web 2.0 applications an pre-relational-database flat-file data-based applications, delicate transaction processors and reports that only, finally, showed exactly the right data at the right time with a minimum of effort after someone spent months tweaking them to make sure everything worked according to current reporting regulations.
Project Olympus will let you throw all that out, wrap yourself in a personal cloud and virtualize yourself out of a universe where VMware dominates the data center and people still look at the legitimately amazing technology from Citrix and say "oh, yeah, VDI" before going to lunch with a cloud vendor.