Xen state of IT virtualisation

XenSource is pressing ahead with its programme to offer a commercial IT virtualisation infrastructure solution.

XenSource is pressing ahead with its programme to offer a commercial IT virtualisation infrastructure solution.

The US company aims to deliver the benefits of Open Source Xen to enterprise data centres via its XenOptimizer product

Unveiled at the end of 2005 with mass shipments expected soon, XenOptimizer is claimed by its authors as the best-in-class technology for server virtualisation, and with new functionality to provide best-in-class virtualisation across a data centre.

The company sees opportunity arising from what it believes is the explosive growth of multi-tier enterprise applications in recent years that has significantly increased the number of servers in the enterprise data centre, resulting in increased capital expenditures, complexity, and personnel management costs. XenOptimizer is designed to enable Linux-based data centre environments to reduce these costs by increasing server utilisation and enabling server consolidation.

"Virtualisation is fast emerging as one of the most effective ways to combat server sprawl," comments Nick Gault, president and CEO of XenSource. "XenOptimizer enables enterprises to more easily and fully realise the power of [virtualisation], and…increase server utilisation, enable server consolidation, and reduce wasted capital costs and personnel management expenses throughout their data centre."

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