XenDesktop 7.6 Platinum and CloudBridge VPX for WAN optimization FALSE Advertising
[UPDATE] After escalation this to Citrix, they are going update EULA.
To summaries the issues, According to the XenDesktop Platinum Feature matrix, it clearly lists CloudBridge VPX as a included features, but if you read the FAQ for XenDesktop Licenses, it states that you can only deploy this in your Branch office for free and not in your Datacenter.. This is in my belief is false advertising, as the product brochure states that a features is including in the purchase of the software, but the FAQ states different. Also, how is Datacenter defined. Also, there is NOTHING in the EULA for either XenDesktop or CloudBridge. There is a Official Citrix Blog advertising discussing Branch Repeater which is the old marketing term states it’s all free and included.
All the info below :-
I am just documenting this so that it saves someone else wasting time.. I personally believe, if you purchase XenDesktop Platinum you are entitled to deploy the CloudBridge VPX anywhere you like as the EULA does not state anything and does not define a Datacenter.. That is a generic term, it won’t hold up in Court. This is just false advertising.
According to the Citrix XenDesktop Feature Matrix: – https://www.citrix.com/go/products/xendesktop/feature-matrix.html.
XenDesktop 7.6 includes CloudBridge VPX for WAN optimization significantly improves XenDesktop and XenApp capacity and performance over the WAN while providing a unified platform that accelerates applications across public and private networks, resulting in superior application performance and end user experience.
Also, in this official Citrix Blog :- http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/02/13/citrix-xendesktop-gets-wan-tastic/
Effective February 14, 2011, XenDesktop Platinum will include the new HDX WAN optimization feature, powered by Branch Repeater VPX – at no additional charge. You can deploy the new HDX WAN Optimization virtual appliances in unlimited number of branch offices with WAN links up to 45Mbps,
Does this include a license to run the Branch Repeater VPX in the central data center? As long as you are delivering XenDesktop Platinum (virtual desktops) over WAN links optimized by Branch Repeater VPX instances, you can run the included Branch Repeater VPX at any location, including your data centers. You may also chose to use the included virtual appliances with a mix of separately purchased physical appliances depending on your bandwidth at the datacenter and branch offices, and scalability and availability requirements.
But, the FAQ: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x Licensing:- http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX128013 states the following:-
Can the CloudBridge VPX appliances obtained as part of the XenDesktop Platinum entitlement
be used in the data center?
No. The CloudBridge VPX entitlement is intended for use at the branch as noted in the CloudBridge End-
User License Agreement (EULA)
But, the EULA for XenDesktop and CloudBridge VPX – http://www.citrix.com/buy/licensing/agreements.html Does not state anything about this clause..
So this is false advertising, either Citrix should update the EULA and deleted the blog or provide the ability to deploy in the Primary data center as per the original advertising.