XenServer is the underlying infrastructure powering multiple Citrix core offerings.

Included by default with offerings such as XenApp, XenDesktop and Netscaler SDX, XenServer allows Citrix to innovate faster and reduce overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for our customers. XenServer is a key part of our strategy.

As noted recently, XenServer is in use by the majority of Citrix desktop virtualization customers. Why do customers choose XenServer for Citrix workloads? There are two main reasons. Firstly, by owning both the server virtualization and application virtualization layers, Citrix can deliver innovation faster to our customers.

One example of this is the ability to handle advanced 3D workloads. Citrix and NVIDIA worked together via open source collaboration create support for NIDIA GRID technology, and as a result this was available to Citrix customers years ahead of any competitor. You can check out this blog for more on how Citrix continues to push the boundaries for this use-case with XenServer.

The second major reason Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop customers choose XenServer is clearly cost. A full XenServer license is included with every copy of both XenApp and XenDesktop. This means you don’t need to pay VMware an additional tax to run your Citrix infrastructure. Customers with all-you-can-eat VMware licenses can actually save big-time on their yearly true up with XenServer.

With all that, you might be asking if you can use XenServer for non-Citrix workloads. The answer is clearly yes!

The world’s largest clouds run on Xen and most of those choose Citrix XenServer because it is sophisticated enough to meet their needs and possesses strong third-party management, applications and utilities. Examples of XenServer-powered clouds include IBM Softlayer, Rackspace, Korea Telecom and many others. XenServer is well recognized for its ability to scale and is highly secure and battle-tested in the toughest public cloud environments in the world.  It’s also worth noting how fast performance is improving in recent XenServer releases, such as XenServer 6.5.  And, there’s more great performance work coming with Project Dundee.

Cost-conscious enterprises also choose XenServer for server virtualization and data center consolidation. And with our latest releases we support key, new technologies like Docker and OpenStack. Customers like the US Army, Tesco, and the Arizona State University system choose XenServer, so why not you?

For more information on Citrix XenServer, you can visit the product information page.  And for more information about the XenServer open-source project, you can visit XenServer.org.