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Feb 28 2009   10:18PM GMT

Citrix XenServer now free

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, you may have heard that Citrix XenServer is now free. This is great news for the virtualization world because now we have yet another fully capable virtualization product without virtual machine limits (the old Xen Express had a 4 machine limit) to to compete with Microsoft and VMware.

However I do have to speak to something regarding this recent announcement. Apparently some people have been saying that this is the first free hypervisor that is actually capable of being deployed in a production environment. Now I don’t know about you but that smells like a lot of marketing BS to me.

As far as I’m concerned even VMware’s free ESXi has always been a fully capable production environment product. I have used it in countless customer sites and it runs solid, stable and with great performance. Likely that comment is designed to affect the opinions of people who haven’t had much experience with virtualization and aren’t in the know from trying it themselves.

Citrix is joining forces with Micrsoft with the Citrix Essentials product which support Hyper-V and XenServer. I think this is going to backfire because Microsoft is not going to let Citrix’s virtualization product eclipse their own. Sure they have had a great relationship for years and years, but when it comes to this virtualization war, Microsoft is not going to settle for being behind Citrix.

On the other side, VMware will have to watch out, because it’s obvious it’s competitors have VMware set firmly in their sights as their number one target.


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