Thursday, June 27, 2013

Citrix hypervisor open source

IT departments reevaluating their server virtualization spending have another free option to choose from.

Citrix Systems Inc. today released its XenServer 6.2 hypervisor to the open source community. All of the features previously in the XenServer Platinum Edition will be available at no charge.

Citrix had made parts of XenServer code open source in the past, as part of various cloud computing initiatives, but this marks the first time the entire product has been made available to the community.

Competitor  VMware pricing has come under fire, but Microsoft's Hyper-V -- not XenServer -- has been the biggest beneficiary. More than 22% of respondents to TechTarget's 2013 Data Center and Reader's Choice survey identified Microsoft as their primary server virtualization hypervisor -- up from 13% last year. XenServer's numbers actually dropped slightly, from 4.1%in 2013 to 3.3% in 2012, while VMware's tumbled from 73% to 60%.

Meanwhile, cloud computing has created an inflection point where organizations are reconsidering how many workloads they need to run in-house and how much money they need to spend to do so.

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