Now available:  XenServer 7.3

XenServer 7.3 solidifies XenServer as the most integrated hypervisor with XenApp and XenDesktop, while greatly enhancing administrative flexibility and security.

Extending XenApp & XenDesktop Integration

XenServer 7 extends alignment with XenApp and XenDesktop release cycles while the expanded XenServer Enterprise entitlement ensures you can leverage unique app and desktop performance integrations only available with XenServer.

With patent-pending technology from XenServer, XenDesktop is the only VDI platform to enable the Windows Continuum experience with Windows 10 virtual desktops. Now, XenDesktop enables Windows 10 virtual desktops to automatically toggle between tablet and desktop mode, in real-time, as the state of the hardware change, to provide the most native Windows 10 experience. 

Introducing new Provisioning Services (PVS) Accelerator technology that results in up to 25% faster desktop boot up times, up to 98% lower network bandwidth usage, and up to 93% reduced PVS CPU usage - only available with XenServer. Check out the video below for a quick demo of PVS Accelerator:

This XenServer LTSR enables up to 10 years of support (5 years mainstream and 5 years of extended support) making it the only hypervisor to have product lifecycle dates fully aligned with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, which can radically simplify infrastructure maintenance for customers choosing to deploy a full Citrix solution.

XenApp and XenDesktop customers are now entitled to all of the features of XenServer Enterprise edition, regardless of their XenApp and XenDesktop license type. Additionally, all editions of XenApp and XenDesktop are now entitled to features like Machine Creation Services (MCS) Accelerator technology, previously a platinum-only feature.

Positioning XenServer for broader Nutanix integration that will ultimately lead to providing Nutanix with access to unique XenServer features, such as provisioning services, high performance virtualized GPU, enhanced security and more. XenServer is the most tightly integrated hypervisor with XenApp and XenDesktop, you can now chose Nutanix HCI with XenServer for XenApp and XenDesktop while leveraging these unique integration benefits while saving money.

Increased Administrative Flexibility

XenServer 7 offers new features that simplify snapshot lifecycle management, accelerate vSphere migration and greatly improve the administrative experience.

Now you can easily schedule hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly snapshots on a group of VMs. However, it doesn’t just take the snapshots, it aids in the management of your snapshot lifecycles. By allowing you to set the maximum number of snapshots to keep, XenServer deletes the oldest snapshot in a rolling fashion.

Live patching is an industry-first hypervisor capability brought to you with XenServer 7.1. It greatly reduces operational overhead by enabling IT admins to hot-patch (update) their active XenServers without rebooting. This capability is not found on any other commercial hypervisor and has been used in production by a large cloud computing provider for months.

Simplify patching at scale with new automated updates. XenServer now supports the automated application of fixes to multiple hosts. This new automated update technology batch patches multiple hosts by automatically downloading necessary fixes from Citrix, installing these patches in the correct order, and rebooting the hosts in sequence while redistributing VMs to prevent outages.

XenServer Conversion Manager now offers the ability to migrate Linux VMs from other hypervisors to XenServer. This offers greater migration flexibility for customers wanting to migrate off of VMware solutions. Customers wanting to deliver secure Linux virtual desktops and applications from XenDesktop can avoid the vTax by taking advantage of XenServer.

Hypervisor security revolutionized

XenServer, in partnership with Bitdefender, is the only hypervisor to enable the revolutionary security solution, Hypervisor Introspection - safeguarding against targeted and advanced attacks. XenServer 7.3 extends the platform’s security portfolio with support for Bromium Secure Platform – an application isolation security solution with Micro-VM technology to protect against malware and zero-day attacks.

While there are hundreds of millions of different types of malware released every year, hackers only have a limited set of techniques available to remotely gain a foothold of victims’ system. Hypervisor Introspection can detect and prevent these attacks techniques in real-time – a capability not available with any other security solution, delivering unparalleled protection to your virtual infrastructure. HVI prevented WannaCry, day-zero, without any updates needed, by blocking EternalBlue, the underlying exploitation tool used to spread WannaCry.

XenServer 7.3 extends the security of your XenDesktop Windows 10 infrastructure with hardware-based isolation of users’ application and tasks, to protect against malware and zero-day attacks with Bromium Secure Platform. Bromium is the first vendor to use virtualization-based security with micro-VM technology to completely isolate the application or task to ensure any malicious behavior within the micro-VM cannot impact the host or VDI environment.

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