Release: Citrix XenServer 6.1

Citrix is really working hard these weeks, among aquisitions, partnerships and releases. On October 2nd, Citrix announced the release of the latest version of Citrix XenServer.

Citrix XenServer 6.1 , is a virtualization platform that allows to create and manage virtual infrastructures for servers, desktops and clouds, built on open-source Xen hypervisor.

Among the new features in the latest version of XenServer:

Enhanced Integration with Leading Cloud Platforms: Direct integration with Apache CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack, make it easy to partition firewalls, balance workloads and prevent attacks on systems in both public and private cloud environments –enhancing security and scalability for companies of all sizes.
“Shared Nothing” Storage Migration: XenServer now features an all new Storage XenMotion® technology that lets IT freely move running virtual machines without the need for shared storage. With the new Storage XenMotion feature, live migration occurs using a “shared nothing” architecture where the storage used for the virtual disks can be moved freely within and across pools for optimized storage utilization, simplified backup and serviceability — to deliver true VM agility in the cloud.
Batch Conversion from VMware to XenServer: XenServer Conversion Manager is a simple tool to automate batch conversions of VMware virtual machines into XenServer virtual machines for companies looking to maximize cost and performance. This tool will enable customers to ensure that they are using the best virtualization platform for their chosen applications in the datacenter and in the cloud.
Peder Ulander Vice President of product marketing, Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix said:
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.