A new XenServer technical preview refresh is now available, including the latest build patches and enhanced features and functionality.
Experience high performance and enhanced 3D graphics
- Representing a new form factor for virtualized graphics, Intel GVT-g enhanced graphics are based on the embedded Intel Iris Pro GPU within the Intel Xeon E3 chipset. This opens up new hardware opportunities for virtualized application and desktop environments.
- NVIDIA GRID vGPU support has been added enabling customers to trial NVIDIA functionality while leveraging other TP platform enhancements.
Enhanced storage features for lower TCO
- SMB Storage Repository (SR) support is available for customers utilizing Microsoft Windows based storage arrays.
- Offline storage migration allows migration of a VM’s storage between resource-pooled hosts, across pools or standalone hosts while the VM is in a powered off or paused state. This provides greater flexibility for infrastructure admins to re-tier VMs or perform host-level maintenance without first having to power the VMs on.
- FCoE offload for NICs provides infrastructure admins with an alternative, lower cost of entry FCoE capability.
- Complementing existing FC boot capabilities, Cisco UCS customers can now boot software directly from-iSCSI to start up XenServer hosts.
Improved infrastructure performance and scalability
- XenServer Health Check alerts administrators to common infrastructure issues, including misconfiguration, outdated drivers, and new applicable patches based on configuration.
- Automated XenServer VM driver management enables Windows Update to handle automatic installation and future updates. The XenServer infrastructure manager no longer needs to manage updating the XenTools in Windows VM. This enables the VM to be updated inline with a company’s corporate policy for driver updates.
- Simplified heterogeneous pool support allows new XenServer hosts to be added to existing resource pools, regardless of the underlying CPU type (within the same vendor family).
- Enhanced support for large scale Microsoft Active Directory infrastructures provides enhanced performance.
- XenServer Conversion Manager has been updated to support the migration of the latest releases of Windows client and server Oss.
- Migration from recent VMware vSphere versions, including vSphere 6.0 enabled.
- For host scalability, 5TB RAM and 288 CPUs enable larger physical servers to power larger infrastructures, lowering the cost of ownership with higher consolidation ratios.
- For VM scalability, 1.5TB RAM with up to 32 vCPUs enables larger VMs, opening up the platform to new use cases such as for SAP and in-memory databases.
- The number of per-VM disks (VBDs) has increased from 16 to 255 with a maximum of 4096 per host.
Download the XenServer Tech Preview
New in XenServer 6.5 and SP1
Citrix XenServer 6.5 increases speed, scalability and performance of enterprise-grade desktop, cloud and server virtualization deployments through enhancements to networking, storage, graphics and operational management.
This release brings new levels of virtualized infrastructure workload versatility, performance and scalability to enterprise and service provider customers. Customers can more cost-effectively deliver high-end 3D graphics applications, take advantage of the latest 64-bit hardware and OS platforms and better support enterprise-grade requirements for high-performance networking, storage and workload management.