Infotech Lead America: Citrix has launched its latest version of Citrix XenServer.
The new virtualization platform enables companies to create and manage virtual infrastructures for servers, desktops and clouds.
All versions of XenServer include XenCenter management and are available on a simple per server licensing structure with premium editions starting at $1000 per server.
Citrix said XenServer 6.1 is designed to strengthen its server virtualization feature set for datacenter consolidation and simplifies the path to cloud computing with virtual machine migration, enhanced networking and security, increased vendor compatibility and automated virtual machine conversion tools.
Delivering cost-effective server consolidation and business continuity, XenServer adds a rich set of management and automation capabilities, cloud management integrations and security enhancements to optimize the platform for the cloud-enabled datacenter of the future.
Recently, Gartner has positioned XenServer in the leaders quadrant of the 2012 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.
The free edition of XenServer has been downloaded nearly one million times. XenServer powers over 100,000 Citrix customers, four of the top five largest hosting provider public clouds and runs workloads in over half of the businesses in the Fortune 500.
“Citrix has gained a significant foothold in the cloud computing space with XenServer and more recently Citrix CloudPlatform (powered by Apache CloudStack). XenServer is already the most widely deployed virtualization platform in large public clouds today. The tight integration between XenServer and CloudPlatform demonstrated in XenServer 6.1 will provide a new level of manageability and security that will provide a strategic advantage for our cloud customers,” said Peder Ulander, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix.