lunes, 23 de febrero de 2009

Citrix y Microsoft contra Vmware

Bueno, bueno, del VmWorld vienen noticias calientes.

Citrix acaba de anunciar que su XenServer Enterprise que hasta la fecha valía 3000$, pasa a ser a coste 0$.

Además Microsoft y Citrix han anunciado que van a trabajar juntos en cuanto a virtualización se refiere, aunque para Microsoft signifique que su SCVMM se queda un tanto atrás. Para muestra un botón:

“While XenServer won’t cost a dime, Citrix is introducing a new product line called Essentials that will come at a price but provide advanced virtualization management capabilities for both XenServer and Microsoft’s Hyper-V, according to Citrix.

Citrix Essentials will allow virtual machines running on XenServer to be moved over to servers virtualized with Hyper-V, and vice versa. The software will also include automated lab and lifecycle management for virtual machines, giving users self-service access to virtualized server resources.”

“While Microsoft has not yet added live migration to its virtualization platform, the partnership with Citrix will allow virtual machines to move back and forth between Citrix and Microsoft servers with little downtime. A customer will be able to shut down a virtual machine running in XenServer, and then boot it up on Hyper-V, or vice versa, Crosby says.

Other features available in the new Citrix Essentials include dynamic provisioning of large numbers of virtual machines from single master images; StorageLink technology that improves use of storage with direct access to features in storage arrays; the ability to control storage from the virtualization console; rapid delivery of virtual machines from a centralized image library; and links to any third-party backup or management tool. “

“Citrix Essentials will be generally available in April with an enterprise edition priced at $1,500 per server and a platinum edition priced at $3,000 per server. Prices will top out at $5,000, according to a Citrix slide presentation.”

Reflexionando sobre mi último comentario, recordar que los únicos Host de virtualización no soportados por SCVMM son los Xen, ¿no será que a partir de ahora si van a ser soportados y van a poder hacer lo mismo que el Essentials de Citrix?.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/022309-citrix-hypervisor-free.html?page=2

Y el ESX costando un pastón…