Citrix wasted no time in prepping a new version of XenServer, rebranding Presentation Server and creating complementary product bundles.
Three months after closing its XenSource acquisition, Citrix Systems is
seeking to build momentum for its virtualization drive with the launch of a new
version of XenServer, new packaging options and a rebranding campaign for its
existing products around the Xen moniker.
With its XenServer Version 4.1 release, Citrix is seeking to open up the
market to greater virtual machine adoption by focusing on ease-of-use
Citrix is also improving the performance of the XenServer software and
broadening its storage support by partnering with Network Appliance. Citrix is
working with storage partners, including NetApp, to interface directly with
intelligent storage arrays to enable cloning.
Citrix also tuned XenServer 4.1, code-named Miami,
to optimize its flagship Presentation Server terminal server, which Citrix has renamed
XenApp. The new XenApp moniker for Citrix Presentation Server brings greater
consistency to Citrix's product names. It takes its place alongside the
existing Citrix XenDesktop desktop virtualization and XenServer server
The company will also introduce Workflow Studio during the second quarter of
2008. Citrix has not provided details other than to say that Workflow Studio is
intended to tie those three product lines together along with the NetScaler
application acceleration products.
Citrix will offer a bundle of XenServer with the provisioning technology
acquired with Ardence, allowing customers to centrally deploy server workloads
to a virtual or physical server environment. The bundle, XenServer Platinum
Edition, will supplement the existing XenServer Standard and Enterprise
Editions, which will continue to focus on virtual environments only.
The integration offered in the Platinum Edition addresses the management
headache that comes with VM sprawl, said Brian Madden, independent industry
analyst with The Brian Madden Co.
"VMs make it almost too easy to provision a new machine. You have all
these virtual servers with all these instances of Windows to manage. As the
number of installed instances of Windows Server goes up, then you have the same
issue of patching and maintaining those instances you had with separate
physical servers. XenServer and Provisioning Server virtualize the disk image
as well as the physical server," Madden said. That disk image
virtualization reduces the administrative burden of maintaining multiple
separate instances of Windows Server.
XenServer Platinum Edition is priced at $5,000 for unlimited provisioning to
virtual machines and to three additional physical servers.