BERLIN: Citrix has overhauled its cloud computing line-up with a new XenServer release and products designed to let customers connect outside their own datacentre to make use of external cloud computing resources.
Announced at Citrix Synergy, XenServer 5.6 Feature Pack 1 integrates Distributed Virtual Switching (DVS) technology. This feature enables the implementation of a network fabric that makes it easy to seamlessly manage on-premises and off-premises resources, according to the firm.
Citrix also unveiled OpenCloud Access and OpenCloud Bridge, additions to its Opencloud platform designed to extend the trust and security of the enterprise datacentre to any external cloud environment. The two will be available as optional modules for Citrix’s NetScaler WAN optimisation appliances.
“Customers have been saying to us ‘make my datacentre more like a cloud’, and ‘help connect my cloud to an external cloud’, but they don’t care about the platform at the other end – they want an any-to-any solution,” said Citrix chief executive Mark Templeton.
With its Distributed Virtual Switch Controller, XenServer provides greater visibility into its networking layer. This allows administrators to manage network traffic globally, Citrix said, ensuring network policies stay attached to virtual machines as they move across boundaries, such as to an external cloud.
Meanhwhile, OpenCloud Access extends user authentication outside the datacentre, enabling single sign-on for cloud-based services, as if they were any other enterprise application. This technology is also utilised in the new Citrix Receiver.
OpenCloud Bridge makes it easier for enterprise customers to connect seamlessly to networks in external clouds, according to Citrix, allowing them to treat cloud-based resources as an extension of their own network.
Citrix is also using VMlogix technology, which it acquired earlier this year, to make it possible to provision virtual infrastructure from Citrix Receiver.
XenServer 5.6 Feature Pack 1 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010. OpenCloud Access and OpenCloud Bridge will also be available in the fourth quarter, with pricing starting at $50,000 (£31,436) per NetScaler appliance.
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