Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Citrix XenServer - Now Free

A Slashdot article yesterday afternoon points out that Citrix has made their XenServer product freely available. Big news for Xen fans or those still on the bubble on which virtualization platform to adopt. The XenServer product includes many of the advanced options that VMWare charges handsomely for in their VI3 product line (XenMotion, Templates, Centralized Management, etc).

As the Slashdot article also mentions this announcement comes on the crest of VMWare's flagship event - VMWorld. VMWare users should be biting their proverbial nails with anticipation of what VMWare's response to this will be (I know I am). Many have predicted the pending commoditization of hypervisors followed by their advanced features and I believe that time is here.

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