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Xen upgrades open source virtualisation

XenSource has announced a new family of server virtualisation products.

Designed to meet the needs of a broad range of users, the XenSource
XenServer product family includes the recently announced XenEnterprise,
claimed to be the market's first enterprise-grade commercially-packaged
Xen virtualisation solution supporting both Windows and Linux guests.

New additions to the suite include XenServer, for Windows standard
server environments; and, XenExpress, a free, production-ready product
which is designed to enable rapid access to Xen virtualisation.

Available now, all three products share the same architecture, and Xen
says that they deliver bare metal performance and facilitate easy
migration and upgrades. Additionally, the new products offer an array
of hardware device support, giving customers hardware investment
protection and high utility.

Intel and AMD have contributed code to optimise Xen performance on
their newest CPUs so that the new products immediately enable users to
leverage the Xen paravirtualised architecture and processors with Intel
VT and AMD Virtualisation. These include hardware virtualisation
support for superior performance.

"Now that virtualisation of multiple OS environments is possible, more
individuals and companies will look at using Xen in their datacentres
as well as for specific test activities," said Tony Iams, vice-
president of System Software research at Ideas International.


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