A new XenServer technical preview refresh is now available, including the latest build patches and enhanced features and functionality.
Expanded hardware support for virtualized 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.
Enhanced storage features for lower TCO
- Thin provisioning for block-based storage arrays allow businesses to grow LUNs on demand based on usage, without compromising on the initial infrastructure design to support future expansion.
- SMB Storage Repository 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.
Improved infrastructure performance and scalability
- For host scalability, 5TB RAM and 288 CPUs enable larger physical servers to power larger infrastructures, helping lower the cost of ownership with higher consolidation ratios.
- For VM scalability, 1.5TB RAM enables larger VMs, opening up the platform to new use cases such as for SAP and in-memory databases.
Enhanced infrastructure supportability
- New XenServer infrastructure health check alerts administrators to common infrastructure issues, including misconfiguration, outdated drivers, and new applicable patches based on configuration.
- Simplified heterogeneous pool support allows for new 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 greater performance.
- Complementing existing FC boot capabilities, Cisco UCS customers can now leverage Software-boot-from-iSCSI to boot XenServer hosts.
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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.