Citrix helps Microsoft scale out Hyper-V

 

Microsoft and Citrix have opened a new chapter in their partnership with the announcement of tools to help enterprises scale up and manage virtual machine deployments based on Microsoft's Hyper-V technology.

Available from the second quarter 2009, Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V provides a management suite for virtual servers running on Microsoft's hypervisor, which is built into Windows Server 2008 and is also available as a compact standalone product, Hyper-V Server 2008.

The key point for customers is that Citrix Essentials, previously codenamed Project Encore, enables firms to scale up deployments using Hyper-V Server 2008, which is available to customers as a free download.

It also supports Citrix's own XenServer product.

Simon Crosby, chief technology officer for virtualisation at Citrix, said the firm had planned for the day when hypervisor technology would become free.

The differentiation is now in the management infrastructure, he added.

"Essentials helps admins scale Hyper-V out to enterprise deployments and give greater agility," he explained.

Microsoft's director of virtualisation strategy, David Greschler, said that his firm is now seeing "mass adoption" of Hyper-V, and that Citrix is adding value to the company's virtualisation proposition through Essentials.

The suite provides features such as dynamic provisioning, Workflow Orchestration and Advanced StorageLink technology.

The latter simplifies storage configuration and operation for virtual machines, according to Citrix.

Dynamic provisioning enables admins to boot a large number of virtual machines from a single "golden image", vastly reducing virtual machine sprawl, Crosby said.

The suite thus delivers some of the features found in VMware's datacentre line-up, and could attract firms just starting out with a virtualisation strategy.

"We're taking IT down the path towards delivering virtualisation as a service, and this gives firms an internal cloud they can call upon," he added.

Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V will be available in two editions: Enterprise priced at US$1,500 per physical server; and Platinum priced at US$3,000.

The more costly Platinum edition includes automated lab management tools lacking in the Enterprise version.

The software will be available through any Citrix or Microsoft channel partner as part of a joint go-to-market strategy, the two companies said.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Citrix helps Microsoft scale out Hyper-V
 
 
 
Top Stories
Toll Group to go Google
Poaches Woolworths project manager.
 
How News Corp's CIO tackled skills in his race to the cloud
What to do when your team’s talents are no longer needed.
 
Photos: How Thodey transformed Telstra
From turbulent Trujillo to Australia's leading telco.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Microsoft is offering Azure for Disaster Recovery to Australian SMBs
Feb 10, 2015
If you haven't talked to your IT provider about disaster recovery, it might be worth discussing ...
The 2015 Xero Roadshow is on: here are the locations and dates
Feb 6, 2015
The 2015 Xero Roadshow kicked off this week - see where you can attend at locations around ...
Microsoft Outlook is now on iPhone and iPad: why could this be useful?
Jan 30, 2015
Microsoft today released Office for Android and Outlook for iOS - complementing the other Office ...
Franchisees, here's something you should know about
Jan 23, 2015
You need to know the Code if you are a franchisee or franchisor as the penalties are significant.
Xero users rejoice! Quoting has finally arrived
Jan 23, 2015
It has taken years, but Xero has at last added integrated quoting to its online accounting software.
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  35%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3966

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 1353

Vote