Virtualization Technology: Citrix XenServer beta Manages VM Lifecycle

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-08-01 Print this article Print
Heterogeneous Management

Heterogeneous Management

Citrix Self Service Manager can also connect to VMware vCenter to handle provisioning across virtualization platforms.
The Citrix XenServer 6 beta 2 Self Service Manager (SSM) is a virtual appliance that enables IT managers to provide a catalog of pre-defined virual machines to users. Multiple tenants can be set up in in the Self Service Manager and tenant users can handle of range of administrative deployment chores to get IT out of the day-to-day business VM provisioning. SSM is provided as a virtual appliance. As such, the module is simple to install and I was up and running in a matter of minutes. The SSM can integrate with VMware's vSphere 4.1 vCenter to extend VM provisioning across platforms.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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