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Virtualization Scales Out at VMworld

Cloud storage, backup, and managed services are all high on the agenda at VMworld this week, as vendors attempt to catch a ride on the virtualization wave.

VMware rival Citrix used its competitors show to unveil ramp up its cloud strategy and unveil Version 5 of its flagship XenServer software, which it claims has received some 130 different enhancements.

Citrix CTO Simon Crosby told Byte and Switch that the upgrade, for example, includes a feature called "automated high availability."

“We prioritize your VMs on the basis of high availability,” he says. “For example, my Exchange server needs to come back first, before my file and print servers.”

Citrix has also expanded the list of storage arrays supported by XenServer, adding, for example, a direct plug-in to devices from Dell/EqualLogic.

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