Now available:  XenServer 7.1

XenServer 7.1 introduces the first-ever Long Term Service Release (LTSR) and solidifies XenServer as the most integrated hypervisor with XenApp and XenDesktop, while greatly enhancing administrative flexibility and security.

Extending XenApp & XenDesktop Integration

XenServer 7.1 LTSR 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.

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 7.1 offers new features that simplify patching, accelerate vSphere migration and greatly improve the administrative experience.

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.

VM security revolutionized

XenServer Direct Inspect APIs introduce a paradigm shift for software-defined infrastructure protection against viruses and malware. For more information on integration and a free demo, visit the Bitdefender’s Hypervisor Introspection page.

Leveraging new APIs within the Xen hypervisor creates a first-to-market commercial solution which security vendors can then integrate with for “better than physical” protection against malicious activity.

This innovative approach means protection against memory-based malicious activity is moved outside of the VM to the hypervisor layer. Malware that has compromised a VM can at best only hide itself within the VM’s OS, but not from outside of the VM.

Adopting an innovative approach, the security solution targets the techniques used by hackers and virus writers rather than pre-defined virus or malware signatures. This enables protection against zero-day attacks that would otherwise not be possible.

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