What's new in XenServer

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Dec 9, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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What's new in XenServer

Version 5.6 Feature Pack 1

Feature

XenServer

XenServer

Advanced

XenServer

Enterprise

XenServer

Platinum

64
-
bit
Xen

Hypervisor

a

a

a

a

Active Directory Integration

a

a

a

a

Conversion Utility

(P2V, V2V & OVF)

a

a

a

a

IntelliCache


for
XenDesktop

Storage Optimization

a

a

a

a

Live Migration with XenMotion™

a

a

a

a

Multi
-
Server Management with XenCenter

a

a

a

a

VM Disk Snapshot & Revert

a

a

a

a

Distributed Virtual Switching

a

a

a

Dynamic Memory Control

a

a

a

High Availability

a

a

a

Mixed Resource Pools with

CPU Masking

a

a

a

Dynamic Workload Balancing & Power Management

a

a

Live Memory Snapshot

& Revert

a

a

Provisioning Services for

V
irtual Servers

a

a

Role Based Administration & Audit

Trail

a

a

StorageLink
™ Advanced Storage Management

a

a

Web Management Console with Delegated Admin

a

a

Automated VM Protection and Recovery

a

Lab

Manager with Self
-
Service Portal

a

Provisioning

Services for Physical Servers

a

StorageLink
™ Site Recovery

a

Free

$1000/server

$2500/server

$5000/server

XenServer 5.6
Features




Summary of Key Features and Packages

XenServer



Enhanced Performance & Scale



Improved Platform Supportability Limits



Intellicache

for
XenDesktop

Storage Optimization



Administrative enhancements



Integrated Open Virtual Switch

XenServer

Platinum



StorageLink


Site Recovery



Self
-
Service Portal Functionality



Automated VM Protection and Recovery

XenServer

Enterprise



Web Management Console with Delegated Admin



Role
-
Based Administration & Audit



Live Memory Snapshot and Rollback



Dynamic Workload Balancing & Power Management

Citrix Confidential


Subject to NDA

XenServer

Advanced



High Availability



Dynamic Memory Control



Email Alerting and Historical Performance Analysis


Distributed Virtual Switch Controller


Increased host support limits


Memory support of 512GB per host


Support for 64 logical processors per host


Dynamic Memory Control increases host scalability


Network performance


16 NICs per host


Initial SR
-
IOV support for
NetScaler

VPX


Increased VM Density for
XenDesktop


Increased support limits


Auto
-
adjusted Dom0 memory configuration


Increased OS Support


RHEL,
CentOS
, Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.4 support


SLES 10 SP3 support

XenServer

Enhanced for Performance, Scale & Support

Citrix Confidential


Subject to NDA


Single point of administration


Manage VMs from anywhere


Multiple servers


Included with
XenServer

XenCenter

Console

IntelliCache

Golden

Image

Pagefile

R/W


Leverage local
storage
as
cache


Keep non
-
persistent data
local;
Delete on reboot


N
on
-
persistent high write IOP traffic
to
SSD,

local
storage, or dedicated
storage


Cache golden image on
local
storage


Local
caching
for synchronous
&
asynchronous

write
back

VM

VM

VM

VM

VM

VM

VM

VM

VM

Distributed Virtual Network Switching


Virtual Switch


Open source:
www.openvswitch.org


Provides a rich layer 2 feature set


Cross host internal networks


Rich traffic monitoring options


DVS Controller


Virtual appliance


Web
-
based GUI


Can manage multiple pools


Can exist within pool it manages


VM

VM

VM

VM

VM

Web Console & Delegated Admin


Provide users access
to
specific
VMs without needing
to use
XenCenter


Enables:


Enables IT delegation for administrators


VM
level

administration for end users


Supports for
multiple pools


Support
for Active Directory

(
via
XenServer)
or local users


Includes Console access

(via VNC and RDP)

VM Protection & Recovery


Policy based snapshotting and
archiving for VMs


Separate scheduling options for
snapshot and archive


Snapshot
-
only or Snapshot & Archive


Policy Configuration


Add multiple VMs to policy


Search filter available


VM can only belong to 1 policy


XenCenter

or CLI