July 31, 2008 - Sven Huisman

Next release of Xenserver public beta release available now

The Citrix blog announces the following news:

The public beta is available of the next release of Xenserver. Highlights of the release include:

  • Automated high availability
  • Windows Server 2008 guest support
  • Persistent performance statistics and metrics
  • Fully integrated Fibre Channel multipath support with configuration via XenCenter
  • VM grouping, searching and tagging
  • Email alerts
  • Disaster recovery for VM metadata
  • Active/active NIC aggregation
  • Xen hypervisor updated to version 3.2
  • XenConvert P2V migration tool
  • Wider hardware support
    …and many more. 

To download the software, you’ll need to log in at citrix.com using a My Citrix account.  If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one.

As stated, automatic HA will be available out of the box. In another blogpost, they explain a little further about this new feature:

The built-in HA capability isn’t your only option, of course.  Our partners will continue to provide solutions that also incorporate application-level protection, replication, remote protection, policy-based management, true continuous availability, and more.  But there will be a powerful HA capability that will meet the business continuity needs of most IT organizations right in the box.

In this case, “our partners” is actually Marathon technologies, as I wrote a couple of weeks ago.

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  • Hi Sven,

    I’m doing a test with Marathon everRunVM at the moment and I’m pretty impressed with the features and the ease of use.

    grtx Johan

    • Sven Huisman says:

      Are you testing this latest beta as well? This automated HA feature is a different protection level than that you are testing (level 2 protection).