XenEnterprise 3.1 is the first version of XenSource's application that allows enterprises to run Windows in virtual compartments. The company released a version last August which supported only Linux operating systems.
"We now have all the features of VMware, but at only 20 per cent of the cost, " John Bara, vice president of marketing at XenSource, told vnunet.com.
Bara claimed that the software offers superior performance over VMware and other Xen implementations because of the support for acceleration technologies built into Intel and AMD chips as well as a set of proprietary acceleration technologies.
"[Xensource] is positioning ifself between the full flagged VMware Infrastructure product and the freebie hosted versions of VMware Server and Microsoft Virtual Server," Gordon Haff, a principal IT advisor with analyst firm Illuminata, told vnunet.com.
Microsoft has promised to add support for the technology in its forthcoming version of Windows Server codenamed 'Longhorn'.
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