Citrix Systems has begun allowing free downloads of XenServer 5.5, its virtualization platform that is being released less than a month after VMware started shipping its vSphere 4.0 offering May 21. In addition, Citrix rolls out upgraded versions of its Citrix Essentials for both XenServer and Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology. Citrix officials say the initial interest in XenServer 5.5 indicates that businesses are looking for less costly and less complex virtualization options.
is releasing the latest version of its XenServer platform,
less than a month after rival VMware
began shipping its vSphere 4.0 offering.
XenServer 5.5 heightens Citrix's
with VMware, offering a host of new features, including
consolidated backup, enhanced conversion and search tools, integration with
Active Directory, and greater guest support for Microsoft's Windows and Linux
operating systems. It also comes as a free download.
VMware announced its vSphere
offering April 21, and started shipping it May 21.
In addition, Citrix officials also announced June 16 the 5.5 release of
Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization
technology for improved management capabilities for businesses using XenServer
or Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Citrix Essentials 5.5 offers
expanded storage integration, automated lab and stage management, and dynamic
workload balancing. Pricing for Citrix Essentials starts at $2,500 per server.
here to get a look at VMware's vSphere 4.0.
Citrix announced XenServer 5.5 in February, and according to Peter Levine,
senior vice president and general manager of Citrix's Virtualization Management
Division, the number of early downloads of the technology is an indication that
businesses are looking for less costly and less complex virtualization options.
"Making XenServer free was not a one-time publicity move," Levine
said in a statement. "It was an integral part of our strategy to
accelerate the rate of virtualization adoption and address the more than 75
percent of servers that still have not been virtualized today."
XenServer 5.5 can be downloaded here.
Citrix also is launching the XenServer Central community Website, a tool for
XenServer users that will feature up-to-date product information, access to the
Center and Web-based support
forums. The site, which will go live June 19, can be found here.
In addition to the XenServer news, Citrix also announced June 16 that it is
teaming up with Arista Networks to offer cloud computing networking
technologies for larger enterprises and cloud service providers.
Part of that will include integrating Citrix's NetScaler
VPX virtual appliance
with Arista's 7000 Series switch.