Citrix Beta Of XenServer 4.1 Targets March Production

I was weighing topic posts tonight, and Xen won out over VMware. Will this be a trend in the market? Demo v4.1 and see for yourself.

Joe Hernick, IT Director

February 19, 2008

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I was weighing topic posts tonight, and Xen won out over VMware. Will this be a trend in the market? Demo v4.1 and see for yourself.I really wanted to write up TechData's announcement on VMware, but I realized that it was covered by Scott Campbell in detail. Then I was going to throw VirtualIron a bone and discuss its euro-market moves with Avnet, but a little voice reminded me I've been laying it on a little heavy regarding channel coverage. Yes, market and penetration stats are newsworthy. But enough abstract sales talk already; lets have some specific sales-y fodder instead...

Did you notice Citrix's first post-acquisition upgrade to its XenServer platforms?

I ran a review of v3.2 last summer back when the brand read 'XenSource,' and I came away impressed both with performance results and usability for the open-source-based platform. I was aware of the product limitations compared with VMware, namely lack of live migration tools, snapshots, or rollback functionality.

If you haven't looked at XenServer since the 3s you may want to re-examine your virtualization options; Citrix is closing the feature gap. I'll be upgrading our test lab to the new v4.1 over the next few weeks.

Advertised features for XenServer 4.1 Platinum Edition:

XenMotion not VMotion! to live-shuffle VMs from host to host Native 64-bit hypervisor New management and provisioning tools for physical and virt servers Optimization for XenApp (used to be Citrix Presentation Server) Integrated Data ONTAP for NetApp fans NIC bonding (yay!) Improved handling of resource pools

About the Author(s)

Joe Hernick

IT Director

Joe Hernick is in his seventh year as director of academic technology at Suffield Academy, where he teaches, sits on the Academic Committee, provides faculty training and is a general proponent of information literacy. He was formerly the director of IT and computer studies chair at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, and spent 10 years in the insurance industry as a director and program manager at CIGNA.

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