Citrix announced the release of XenServer 6.2 today. The biggest part of the announcement was the revelation that it is now FULLY open source. That’s right, you can have a full XenServer product with all the high availability and motion features for the low low price of $0.
Citrix has flattened their pricing structure since there is little need for tiered product offerings in a world where all features are included for free. They will continue to offer commercial support on a per socket basis, a change from their previous per server model. What I found curious about this, was the availability of perpetual pricing per socket for SA and support. At only 2.5x the cost of annual licensing, it seems like an odd thing to offer.
Does this mean that Citrix is poised to move out of the XenServer game completely in the near future (~5 years)? Will they begin to push Microsoft’s Hyper-V as the preferred server option with their products in the near future? Only time will tell, but I can say that at Synergy this year, I saw quite a bit of Hyper-V in demos. Check out the full article from Citrix below: