Citrix Extends Open Source Strategy with XenServer

  Citrix Extends Open Source Strategy with XenServer

 XenServer 6.2 and New Community Portal Provides Strategic Path to the Cloud

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 25, 2013

Citrix today announced the next step in its commitment to driving the
development of open source platforms with the availability of a full featured,
open-source, freely available XenServer® 6.2 offering. Citrix is also
introducing a new community portal to foster innovation,
collaboration and third-party integration from a diverse developer and partner
ecosystem. Today’s announcement follows the recent contributions of theXen
hypervisor to the Linux Foundation and CloudStack to the Apache Software
Foundation, accelerating the Citrix vision for building the best
virtualization and cloud platforms based on a proven model of open source
technology development.

A key part of the Citrix “Path to the Cloud” strategy -  which spans servers,
networking and desktops - is ensuring customers can seamlessly migrate their
most important workloads to a cloud environment. With XenServer 6.2, Citrix is
delivering the best open source virtualization platform and continuing the
momentum of powering leading clouds across all major cloud orchestration
platforms, including Apache CloudStack, Citrix CloudPlatform™ and OpenStack.
XenServer 6.2 provides performance, scalability and density improvements for
private and public clouds, as well as enhanced features to support existing
and new desktop and server virtualization deployments for those customers who
are still determining their cloud strategy and want to future proof for the


XenServer 6.2 brings cloud-ready features, openness and simplicity with the
following enhancements:

  *Massive Horizontal Scale and Increased Performance -  XenServer 6.2
    delivers best of breed capabilities while running 500 virtual machines and
    4,000 vCPUs per host, and significantly improving boot storm performance.
    As a result, customers can drastically improve their desktop
    virtualization density and performance, and more easily future proof their
    infrastructure for the cloud.
  *Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Support -  XenServer 6.2 leverages platform
    enhancements in  Windows 8 and Windows 2012 to bring even greater server
    consolidation when virtualizing workloads.
  *Desktop Virtualization Integrations - XenServer is already optimized for
    XenDesktop®, offering IntelliCache, Dynamic Memory Control, lowest TCO and
    best-in-class performance. XenServer 6.2 continues to be optimized for
    desktop virtualization, adding new Desktop Director alerts for low
    resources (memory, CPU, disk, network) and preemptive actions to prevent
    hosts from becoming unusable.

Availability and Pricing

A free, open source XenServer 6.2 option is available today to any user from
the new community portal. Citrix also offers a fully supported
commercial option of XenServer 6.2, downloadable on its website, which
includes packaged updates and maintenance, 24x7 worldwide support and
commercial license protections. Citrix XenServer 6.2 introduces new per-socket
license pricing, and will enable existing server licenses to be easily
converted to socket licenses for free.


Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and general manager, Cloud Platforms
Group, Citrix

“The Cloud Era has brought a lot of exciting opportunities for data center
infrastructure, but the reality is that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes
to virtualization. By empowering our users and partners with a committed open
source strategy and community for XenServer - which already powers some of the
largest clouds in the world - we are moving the needle in innovation to help
customers of all sizes, and at all stages of their cloud strategies, to
maximize the benefits they gain from vitualization and the cloud.”

Mark Bowker, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

“On premise, off premise and hybrid cloud computing architectures demand an
open approach to help IT efficiently drive innovation further and faster.
Citrix XenServer 6.2 highlights the effectiveness open source is having in
enterprise IT and how Citrix is driving the success of virtualization and
cloud into today’s modern datacenter.”

Ian Rae, CEO, CloudOps

“Open source clouds are our business and XenServer has been part of our vision
for quite some time. The Citrix commitment to fully open sourcing XenServer is
a strong message to the market that they are serious about providing the
virtualization platform for the next datacenter shift being driven by cloud.”

Jason Waxman, VP & GM of Cloud Platform Group, Intel

“The ongoing commitment from Citrix to open source product development is
driving increased adoption in our enterprise customer base. An open source
XenServer accelerates the ability of both Intel and Citrix to bring the value
of our collaborations and access to advanced Intel technologies, like hardware
assisted security with Intel TXT, to XenServer users.”

Iain Balmer, global head of Instacompute Architecture & Engineering, Tata

“Citrix has outlined a strong open source strategy for XenServer. Providing a
simple path for customers and partners to impact the future of XenServer
should enable accelerated innovation and ensure we are providing the best
possible virtualization platform to our cloud customers.”

Related Links

  *Blog: XenServer 6.2 is now fully open source!
  *Blog: Introducing XenServer the Project
  *Partner Blog (Intel): Not Your Mother’s Open Source
  *Partner Announcement (Goliath Technologies): Goliath Technologies
    Announces MonitorIT® Support for Citrix XenServer 6.2
  *Announcement: Citrix and Industry Leaders Usher in New Era for Open Source
  *Blog: Xen is now a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project
  *Blog: A More Open Xen = A Stronger XenServer
  *Announcement: Citrix XenServer Ranked Server Virtualization Champion

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