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Citrix unveils new version of XenServer

CBR Staff Writer

18:30, May 12 2010

Expands StorageLink support and adds new features to existing storage management capabilities

Citrix Systems, a provider of virtual computing offerings, has released new version of XenServer, which it claims to deliver additional features across the product line, enhancing the enterprise-ready, cloud-proven virtualisation platform with the capabilities required to create and manage a virtual infrastructure at a low cost.


The company said that XenServer 5.6 offers enhanced virtualisation management capabilities for both the free XenServer, as well as the more advanced Enterprise and Platinum editions. It also introduced a new XenServer Advanced Edition


The XenServer 5.6 Free edition enhances the existing enterprise features to extend the limits of host memory, CPU, network and operating system support. It enables virtualisation users to achieve greater server consolidation ratios, flexibility and better VM density for server, cloud and desktop workloads, Citrix claims.


According to Citrix, the new XenServer 5.6 Advanced edition includes everything in the free edition, as well as dynamic memory control, a host of advanced reporting and alerting capabilities. New and enhanced capabilities added to XenServer 5.6 Enterprise include automated workload balancing, host power management, advanced storage integration with StorageLink, live memory snapshots and role based administration.


Citrix said that XenServer 5.6 Enterprise Edition expands StorageLink support and adds new features to existing storage management capabilities, enabling customers to optimise application performance, reduce power consumption and define detailed access rules and roles for managing virtualisation infrastructures.


In addition, the XenServer 5.6 adds StorageLink SiteRecovery technology that provides an automated way to recover from a datacentre outage through a single console, and the self-service portal that enables employees to access needed IT resources, allowing them to create new environments or use an existing virtual environment.


XenServer 5.6 will be available on May 28. The new XenServer Advanced Edition is priced at $1,000 per server, or $30 per month for cloud service providers, while the Enterprise and Platinum Editions are priced at $2,500 and $5,000 per server, respectively.


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