Citrix 6.5 with 64-bit Architecture and Performance Enhancements Launched

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Citrix releases its latest open-source virtualization solution, XenServer 6.5. This new product has a 64-bit kernel architecture as well as improvements in networking and storage performance making it a viable product to build an efficient virtualized data center.

XenServer 6.5 also witnesses the re-introduction of features including workload balancing and distributed virtual switch controller. Driven by technologies from Intel and Nvidia, this solution provides error-free, scalable GPU virtualization functionality. It also comes with greater GPU density and greater performance improvements and usability enhancements.

Compared to its predecessor XenServer 6.2, the latest version has several more benefits that include: less than half time required to boot a large number of VMs; significant reduction in IOPS for accessing the storage array while sharing of common base image by VMs; enabling communication of data between VMs at high throughput; offers greater scalability for VMs in order to sustain I/O at a significantly higher rate for read and write processes.

Enterprises and service providers with XenServer 6.5 can achieve improved agility and flexibility in their operations; greater size of workloads can now be delivered in a fast, reliable manner; greater infrastructure utilization and consolidation ratios paving for lower TCO of datacenter operations.

“The improved performance and graphics virtualization capabilities of Citrix XenServer 6.5 are a powerful complement to Cisco UCS policy-driven infrastructure and provide our mutual customers with enhanced abilities to run mission critical workloads with superior economics and improved agility,” said Mark Balch, Director of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Software and Solutions, Cisco.