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Citrix XenServer Certified on IBM System x and BladeCenter Servers

April 1, 2011

Last week Citrix announced that IBM has certified Citrix XenServer on System x and BladeCenter Servers to make deployment faster and easier for customers.

The rigorously pre-tested configurations enable customers to more easily leverage Citrix XenServer and IBM servers to automate datacenter management processes and increase efficiency of datacenter infrastructures.

This announcement expands the growing market momentum for XenServer in both cloud and enterprise datacenters. More than 50,000 enterprises worldwide now deploy XenServer for server virtualization, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500. XenServer also continues to gain share among cloud providers, building on the presence of the open source Xen hypervisor, the most widely deployed virtualization platform in the cloud. It is also the most widely used hypervisor for virtual desktops, hosting an estimated 2.5 million VDI-based desktops.

Considering that last week was also released the 4.1 version of Xen (upon which XenServer is based) and that some features of the actual version of XenServer have been specifically designed for use with the upcoming release of XenDesktop, expectations for the future of this hypervisor become very interesting.

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