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Citrix Announces New XenServer Editions, Renames Presentation Server

Citrix today formally announced Citrix XenServer 4.1 and Citrix XenServer Platinum Edition.

Citrix gained the XenServer line through its acquisition of XenServer, completed last quarter. According to the company, the new versions include more than 50 "enhancements" to areas including performance and enterprise support.

At the same time, the company also announced that Citrix Presentation Server, its remote access application, has been renamed Citrix XenApp to fit better with the rest of the XenServer line, which also includes XenDesktop.

In the formal announcement of the software today, Citrix repeatedly emphasized particularly the Platinum Edition's ability to manage both physical and virtual servers. "We expect the virtualization market to continue to grow, but understand that our customers want solutions that address 100 percent of the servers in their data center today -- both physical and virtual," commented Phil Montgomery, senior director, Citrix Virtualization and Management, in the a statement released with the announcement. "Our customers want the ability to create a data center that can dynamically adapt to changing business needs, regardless of whether servers are virtualized and physical. Citrix XenServer Platinum edition is the first step in bringing these previously separate worlds together."

Citrix XenServer 4.1 is currently available for free in beta format on Citrix's Web site here. When the software goes live next month (the exact date has not been announced), the Platinum edition will cost $5,000 per 2 CPU system, Enterprise $3,000, $900 for Standard and the Express version will remain free.

A chart comparing the main specifications of all the versions is available here.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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