XenServer 6 Delivers Innovations for Cloud Computing, Desktop Virtualization and Networking
As the industry progresses into the Cloud Era, new cloud services are emerging that demand platforms that are purpose-built for cloud computing with requirements that are significantly different from the traditional enterprise datacenters of today. These platforms need to be designed from the ground up to deliver multi-tier, multi-tenant services in the simplest and most cost-effective way, using virtualization as a key enabler. Rather than attempting to force-fit cloud capabilities into existing server virtualization architectures, XenServer addresses these challenges by delivering a highly-resilient, cloud-optimized and easily customized virtual platform that helps cloud providers produce differentiated solutions that meet the needs of their customers. In addition, by leveraging XenServer 6 with the recently-released Citrix CloudStack™, users can be assured the core component of their cloud infrastructure has the network and virtualization optimizations necessary for the same scale-out architectures employed by the world's largest and most successful cloud providers today.
For customers desiring a cost-effective, powerful, and integrated server virtualization solution, improvements in XenServer 6 make it even easier to download, install and use. Since its inception, XenServer has employed a simple licensing model that does not place artificial limitations on breadth of use or impose cost increases as customers utilize higher density servers with more CPUs and memory available for virtual workloads. As a result, users can preserve existing virtualization investments while continuing to grow their virtual infrastructure. In addition, VMware customers can break free from the escalating cost model recently imposed with VMware's new vSphere 5 licensing plan (often referred to as the "vTax"), but also gain the added flexibility of leveraging the most cloud-optimized server virtualization solution in the market.
New features in XenServer 6 include:
For a complete list of features, please visit: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX130418
XenServer 6 is immediately available for download on the XenServer download page.
"With every release of XenServer, more customers are realizing that the vast majority of their workloads do not require the expense and complexity of VMware vSphere. According to industry analyst estimates, today's average enterprise only has 40-50 percent of its servers virtualized, while ultimately they need 70-80 percent virtualized to meet the demands of the Cloud Era. When customers extrapolate the cost of getting to that point, they recognize the need to adopt simpler, highly-functional, cost effective virtualization solutions. XenServer 6 deserves a look from every VMware customer."
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