Citrix XenServer is an industry and value leading open source virtualization platform for managing cloud, server and desktop virtual infrastructures. Organizations of any size can install XenServer in less than ten minutes to virtualize even the most demanding workloads and automate management processes – increasing IT flexibility and agility and lowering costs. With a rich set of management and automation capabilities, a simple and affordable pricing model and optimizations for virtual desktop and cloud computing, XenServer is designed to optimize private datacenters and clouds today and in the future.

What is the future of XenServer?

The XenServer product strategy is focused on providing the best possible platform for providing our customers a path to the cloud. Leveraging our experience as the leader in desktop virtualization and as the dominant virtualization platform in the public cloud, we’re focusing product direction on ensuring a seamless path for customers to migrate their most important workloads to a cloud environment.

With the release of XenServer 6.2, Citrix is continuing the evolution of XenServer with a focus on modernizing the XenServer architecture for horizontal scalability. This is evident in the scalability improvements from 130 to 500 virtual machines per host in just two releases as well as the QA efforts that have reduced customer reported defects to 0.1 per thousand hours of product development in the last release. We’ve also initiated some strong development efforts around cloud-readiness that include re-engineering features like iSL and VMPR in future releases.

Why did Citrix open source XenServer?

As evidenced by the strong industry response to phase 1 of this strategy, moving Xen to the Linux Foundation open source provides us with a way to better engage with ecosystem partners to enable innovation. An integral part of phase 2 of this strategy is to build a centralized user engagement portal (XenServer.org) around the open source XenServer that will drive innovation, collaboration and customer confidence around Citrix commitment to the XenServer product and project.

Open source also provides alignment with the dominant cloud orchestration platforms of CloudStack and OpenStack and meets cloud builder expectations for source code availability and open APIs. A strong open source strategy for product and go-to-market will result in a stronger platform, a more robust partner ecosystem and a strong user community.  Providers will benefit from a simpler way to sell a better product to a large and growing market opportunity.