BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Citrix XenServer 5.5, a significant new upgrade that raises the bar once again for free, enterprise-class virtualization. Today's announcement comes just 75 days after Citrix changed the game in server virtualization by making the full enterprise-class XenServer platform available for unlimited production deployment at no charge.
Unlike basic hypervisors that have been free for years, XenServer sets an entirely new standard for free virtualization with powerful features such as centralized multi-node management, built-in storage and full live motion. In the short period of time since its release, more than 100,000 customers have downloaded XenServer from hundreds of download sites in over 50 countries worldwide with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The new XenServer 5.5 release, available for download today, provides these customers even more value by adding a wide range of new enterprise management capabilities at no additional charge.
"Making XenServer free was not a one-time publicity move. It was an integral part of our strategy to accelerate the rate of virtualization adoption and address the more than 75 percent of servers that still have not been virtualized today," said Peter Levine, senior vice president and general manager, Virtualization Management Division, Citrix Systems. "The new XenServer 5.5 release is a clear demonstration that Citrix will continue investing heavily in making XenServer the most compelling open virtualization platform on the market today. The overwhelming download numbers we have seen in the last two months demonstrate that many customers are not happy with the growing cost and complexity of their existing virtualization solutions. By combining the free XenServer with the advanced management capabilities in Citrix Essentials, customers now have a proven alternative that meets all the requirements for enterprise-class virtualization at a fraction of the cost."
Adding More Value to Free Enterprise-Ready Virtualization