Word is trickling out that Citrix is planning a major overhaul of the XenServer line in what would be its first major update since the $500 million acquisition of the system late last year.
Byte & Switch is reporting that a number of product announcements surrounding the XenServer Platinum Edition are being readied for the next few months. Among the new tools being talked about are a new provisioning capability designed to spread workloads across more virtual and physical servers even while reducing storage requirements for those workloads.
Also look out for new versions of XenServer itself, both for the Platinum and Enterprise editions, primarily to extend iSCSI support for NetApp systems.
It's almost impossible to look at any move by Citrix as anything other than a step in its challenge to virtualization market leader VMware. The two are in a pitched battle to embed their systems onto leading server platforms, so any improvement in basic functionality is sure to boost demand among server customers. But with virtualization fast becoming a commodity in the enterprise market, the key will be who can deliver the most advanced feature set at the lowest cost.