The acquisition by Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Citrix of virtual server vendor XenSource vaulted Citrix into the position of being able to offer the most comprehensive virtualization portfolio in the industry, combining the hypervisor-based server and desktop virtualization technology from XenSource and its legacy Citrix Presentation Server application virtualization technology. Plans call for the different virtualization technologies to be integrated this year.
A new version of Citrix XenServer is currently in beta testing, said Simon Crosby (left), CTO of Citrix's Virtualization and Management Division. The new version is the first from Citrix/XenSource to support Fibre Channel, 64-bit Linux, and Windows Vista, with Windows Server 2008 support probably to come, Crosby said. Citrix is also including support for Symantec and other software vendors for data backups, as well as support for Network Appliance NAS appliances for integrated backups, he said.