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Citrix Readies Virtualization Blitz

By James Rogers, February 7, 2008 9:45 AM

Citrix is planning a major overhaul of the virtualization software it acquired when it bought XenSource for $500 million last year, including a high-performance version of the technology and extended storage support.

The vendor is also said to be planning a major rollout of the Xen technology across multiple server vendors -- a clear shot across the bows of virtualization rival VMware.

The slew of product announcements, scheduled for the first quarter of this year, include a new version of Citrix's XenServer software, called XenServer Platinum Edition, which is the vendor's first virtualization product to offer provisioning.

"[Previously] XenServer could do server virtualization, but there was no provisioning capability built in at all," says Sumit Dhawan, Citrix's director of product management. "With the Platinum edition, we're adding the provisioning capabilities, both for VMs and physical servers."

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