"Within the stack in general, and within the automation stack we have features now which allow you to build a complete private cloud with all the features you'd need for power optimization, for automated load balancing, high availability and failover, and we price per server," said Crosby. "Pricing per sever means we are neutral with regard to Moore's Law, where our competitor continues to price per socket, which means they get more expensive as Moore's Law grows and delivers more capacity to your server."
Crosby added that the latest XenServer 5.6 platform can scale. He noted that a XenServer cloud that he has been working on is now at 12,000 servers and more than 100,000 virtual machines and still growing. Scaling to numbers like these show XenServer's enterprise- and cloud-readiness.
To that point, another major announcement came from Rackspace president, cloud and chief strategy officer Lew Moorman, who brought news of a partnership between Citrix and Rackspace, the No. 2 cloud hosting provider behind Amazon. As part of the announcement, Moorman said that Rackspace was going to migrate from Xen and standardize its virtual infrastructure on the Citrix XenServer platform. The company is moving to XenServer in order to get a fully certified virtual infrastructure that can run Windows guest operating systems, and to gain Citrix ISV support and access to Citrix Xen APIs. This was a major validation for Citrix XenServer scalability as a cloud virtualization platform.
Citrix said that XenServer 5.6 will be available on May 28. In addition to the Free Edition and the Advanced Edition, which costs $1,000 per server, the Enterprise and Platinum editions will cost $2,500 and $5,000 per server, respectively.
This article, "Citrix launches new XenServer release, gains server virtualization market share," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Marshall's Virtualization Report blog and follow the latest developments in virtualization at InfoWorld.com.