This beta is public and available for download here (a mycitrix.com account is required). A webinar, covering all of the new features of XenServer 6.0, is scheduled for today at 5:00 – 6:30 PM CEST. Registration here.
Below is a list of some of the changes in this beta:
- Simplified management infrastructure for Workload Balancing, StorageLink, and Site Recovery
- Workload Balancing is available as a Linux-based virtual appliance for easy installation and management.
- The Open vSwitch (OVS) is now the default network stack.
- The new Self Service Manager feature enables you to build self-service environments for “private clouds.” Self-Service Manager includes support for both XenServer as well as VMware vSphere.
- VMDK and VHD import functionality is integrated into XenCenter for interoperability with VMware VMDK and Microsoft VHD disk images.
- Starting with the XS 6.0 release, you will have the option of managing XenServer hosts and VMs with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012.
- System Center integration is available with a special supplemental pack from Citrix, which is targeted for general availability when System Center 2012 ships later this year.
- With the 6.0 release, a physical GPU can be assigned to a VM so the applications running in the guest can leverage GPU instructions (“GPU pass-thru”). This provides significant TCO benefits for the XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro technology used for delivery of CAD and other graphical applications via virtual desktops.
- Host RAM support has been increased to 1 TB.
- VM vCPU and vRAM support is increased (up to 16 vCPUs and 128 GB RAM for Windows; increased Linux vCPU and vRAM support levels vary by distro).