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Server virtualisation based on virtual Xen available

Tash Shifrin

XenSource has announced a family of server virtualisation products based on the open source Xen hypervisor.

The XenServer product family includes XenEnterprise, an enterprise-grade package offering x86 server virtualisation of multiple operating systems, including Windows and Linux.

XenEnterprise has been designed for easy deployment of the Xen hypervisor and guest virtual servers, allowing installation and management of multiple guests on the same server, with no imposed limit to concurrent virtual machines.

The new range also includes XenServer, for Windows standard server environments, which allows concurrent running of up to eight virtual machines, and XenExpress, a free product designed to offer a quick start to Xen virtualisation.

All three products share the same architecture, and are designed for easy migration and upgrading. The new products also include code contributions from chip manufacturers Intel and AMD to optimise Xen performance on their newest CPUs.

In a sign that competition is ramping up in the virtualisation market, the XenSource announcement came on the same day as Virtual Iron Software launched version 3.1 of its enterprise-class virtualisation platform, which offers full support for both unmodified Windows and Linux.

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