Citrix Delivers XenServer 5.5
According to Citrix’s statement this week, the new XenServer release provides all of the functionality of similar virtualization products that usually cost up to $5,000 per server.
Unlike basic hypervisors that have been free for years XenServer includes robust features like centralized multi-node management, built-in storage and full live motion. “Making XenServer free wasn’t an one off PR move ; it was an essential component of our technique to accelerate the rate of virtualization adoption and address the more than 75 % of servers that still haven’t been virtualized today,” Citrix Systems virtualization management division senior vice chairman and general manager Peter Levine announced in a press release. “The new XenServer 5.5 release is a clear demonstration that Citrix will continue investing heavily in making XenServer the most forcing open virtualization platform on the market today.
The newest version of XenServer includes features like consolidated backup, augmented conversion and search tools, Active Directory integration and expanded guest support for nearly every version of Windows and Linux operating systems.
Citrix also released version 5.5 of Citrix Necessities for XenServer and Hyper-V this week, which gives sophisticated virtualization management capacities for shoppers using Citrix XenServer or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Citrix Necessities 5.5 augments both these high-growth virtualization platforms by adding expanded storage integration, automated lab and stage management and dynamic workload balancing.
“By combining the free XenServer with the advanced management capacities in Citrix Essentials,” Levine recounted, “customers now have a real alternative that meets all of the needs for enterprise-class virtualization at a fragment of the cost.”. Supporting its new releases, Citrix has also launched a new XenServer online community.