Citrix XenServer “Midnight Ride” Beta Coming Soon

The Citrix XenServer engineering team has been hard at work on the next major release of the product, codenamed “Midnight Ride.”  A public beta release is anticipated in mid-March 2010.

Some of the new capabilities in the beta release include:

  • Granular Role-based access controls within XenCenter
  • Dynamic Memory Control & Overcommit
  • Enhanced snapshots, including full system state and  one-click revert
  • Administrative logging and audit reports
  • Automation for Workload Balancing
  • Host Power Management
  • StorageLink Site Recovery for business continuity
  • Enhanced CPU comptibility for XenMotion
  • Streamlined XenCenter interface
  • Support for “Supplementary Packs” for hardware vendor-specific features (i.e. Dell, HP)
  • Of these features there is in particular the “Dynamic Memory Control & Overcommit” that will give XenServer a long awaited feature, which their main competitor VMware have had for a good time now. With this feature in place, and the fact that XenServer is FREE, that is a killer feature which I think will get many to rethink their virtualization platform.

    Also, the enhanced snapshots feature will be a cool thing, and I can say, it is!

    Citrix is doing a webinar on  Wednesday, March 17, 2010 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

    To Register for this webinar please go here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/919900240