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XenSource To Launch XenEnterprise Next Week

XenSource next week plans to begin rolling out its XenEnterprise virtualization platform, CEO Peter Levine said Thursday at LinuxWorld.

In a keynote speech at the San Francisco conference, Levine also said XenSource will make XenEnterprise available exclusively through its two-tiered distribution model. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, a commercial spin-off of the Xen open-source project, recently had announced a robust channel program, a distribution partnership with Tech Data and plans to make its virtualization platform available only through partners.

When asked about the controversy between Novell and Red Hat over the market readiness of Xen, Levine said Xen may not be ready for all data center needs, but the open-source virtualization engine is ready for commercial deployment. XenEnterprise, for example, will be targeted at midmarket customers with deployments of five to 10 servers, he said.

XenSource will offer management APIs and open interfaces for third-party management tools, but the company won't develop its stack beyond that point, Levine said. The plan is to build a large ecosystem of partners, he noted.

"We're stopping at that level because we want to promote an ecosystem of vendors to support this architecture," Levine said. To that end, XenSource plans to launch an ISV program in October, he told the audience during his LinuxWorld address.

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