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February 24, 2009

Citrix unveils new version of virtualization platform

A datacenter-to-desktop system

By CBR Staff Writer

Citrix Systems has unveiled a new version of XenServer, an enterprise-class virtualization platform. The company said that the platform will be offered free of charge to any user for unlimited production deployment.

With this new release, Citrix said that XenServer sets an entirely new standard for free virtualization with the addition of new features like centralized multi-node management, multi-server resource sharing and full live motion.

Citrix said that XenServer is a key component of the Citrix Delivery Center product family, a datacenter-to-desktop system that helps customers transform static datacenters into dynamic delivery centers.

According to the company, core features of XenServer include: better centralized management; live motion and multi-server resource sharing; hypervisor engine; fast bare metal performance; easy setup and administration; and integrated storage management.

Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of virtualization management division at Citrix, said: This move is all about accelerating the adoption of virtualization by tearing down the barriers of cost and complexity that have been in place for far too long. The faster we can help customers virtualize the millions of servers that remain unvirtualized today, the sooner they can start adding significant value on top, transforming static datacenters into dynamic delivery centers where every application, desktop and server workload is delivered as an on-demand service.

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