Citrix XenServer is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures. Consolidation and containment of workloads on XenServer enables organizations of any vertical or size to transform their business IT compute infrastructures.
XenServer is a comprehensive server virtualization platform with enterprise-class features built in to easily handle different workload types, mixed operating systems and storage or networking configurations. For the most demanding app, and desktop virtualization use cases, its industry-leading scalability and performance under load, can cater to the largest XenApp or XenDesktop deployments. IT gets the benefit of features unique to XenServer, such as enhanced virtualized graphics with NVIDIA and Intel, and enhanced workload security with Direct Inspect APIs, all of which reduce virtual infrastructure costs and complexity.
XenApp and XenDesktop license holders are able to apply those product licenses directly to XenServer infrastructure via the license server; no separate or specific XenServer license is required.
XenServer enables IT to consolidate and contain a significant number of datacenter servers. This increases overall utilization of existing hardware resources, while lowering infrastructure total cost of ownership. Administrators can maximize efficiencies within their infrastructure, eliminating planned outages and minimizing unplanned ones. Comprehensive server consolidation and containment with XenServer also allows for significant performance and capacity gains in CPU cores, host RAM, VM RAM and virtual disks per VM, as well as integration with Microsoft Windows Update Services for automatic Windows VM driver updates.
XenServer 7 is the leading hypervisor providing support for high-performance enhanced 3D graphics, with the widest variety of GPU pass-through and virtualized GPU vendor options. Only XenServer includes support for Intel’s Virtual Graphics Technology (GVT-g), a CPU embedded GPU with no extra hardware required to facilitate enhanced graphics workloads.
XenServer support of NVIDIA GRID vGPU has been extended for Linux graphical applications and desktops. With the latest NVIDIA GRID Maxwell-gen hardware integration, vGPU sessions per host have now increased to 128.
The first thing I noticed with the new XenServer 7 is that everything is still familiar. Some of the new features I’m excited about include offline storage migration, XenServer Health Check, automated XenServer VM driver management via Windows Update, and the ability to access more than 128GB RAM for a VM. We love XenServer, some of our hosts have been running for more than 400 days with no problems.