"I think what is different about this is, unlike in the past where Citrix has traditionally built value on top of a desktop virtualization platform, this is really more of a server infrastructure play," said David Greschler, who is the director of virtualization strategy for Microsoft. "It is also based around building a solution, rather than on core infrastructure, which is something we haven't done jointly before."
The Citrix and Microsoft partnership is not the only disaster recovery offering to spring from the emerging virtualization market. VMware also offers its VSphere software as a potential disaster recovery tool.
StorageLink will be available in both the Express edition of Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V and the full-featured Platinum edition of the software package (though not the Enterprise edition).
Using the Express edition, available as a download, users can map an unlimited number of virtual machines from two primary servers to two backup servers. For deploying on more than two primary servers, users need to purchase the Platinum edition, which has a suggested price of $3,000 per server.