Citrix Systems is offering its XenServer virtualisation platform for free to any user for unlimited production deployment. Although the basic Xen hypervisor is already a free product, Citrix will now provide its centralised multi-node management software for free.
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The centralised management tools include physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual conversion tools, centralised configuration management and XenMotion technology that Citrix said allows virtual machines to be moved from server to server without service interruption.
However, users who want lab automation, dynamic provisioning, workflow orchestration, high availability and integration with storage systems will need to purchase the company's Essentials for XenServer software, which costs between $1,500 to $5,000 per physical server.
The new free Citrix XenServer release will be available for download from the Citrix website and other download portals by the end of March 2009. Citrix Essentials for XenServer will be available from Citrix resellers on April 7, 2009. A preview of the XenServer Essentials can download from citrix.com/freexenserver
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