VIRTUALISATION VENDOR Citrix has released its open source Xen Server 6.2 to go up against VMware's closed source free Vsphere hypervisor.
Citrix for years has maintained a free, open source version of its Xen hypervisor but it has been losing ground to KVM and in particular VMware's free Vsphere hypervisor. Now the firm has released Xen Server 6.2 and a community website that the firm hopes will help increase support for its open source hypervisor.
According to Citrix, Xen Server 6.2 supports Cloud Stack, Open Stack and Citrix's own Cloud Platform. The firm touted support for the latest guest operating systems including Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Sameer Dholakia, group VP and GM of Citrix's Cloud Platforms Group said, "The cloud era has brought a lot of exciting opportunities for data center infrastructure, but the reality is that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to virtualization.
"By empowering our users and partners with a committed open source strategy and community for XenServer - which already powers some of the largest clouds in the world - we are moving the needle in innovation to help customers of all sizes, and at all stages of their cloud strategies, to maximize the benefits they gain from vitualization and the cloud."
Citrix said its Xen Server 6.2 supports its Xen Desktop software, including Intellicache and Dynamic Memory Control. The firm said it has added Desktop Director alerts so that administrators can be notified of low resources to try to prevent virtual machines from becoming unusuable.
Citrix will be hoping that as firms get used to the free version of Xen Server they will shell out for the full versions that cost up to £3,250. However, Citrix's continued support of its free, open source Xen Serven means that VMware will have to continue offering a free version of Vsphere if it doesn't want to leave a gap in the market. µ