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XenSource Introduces XenServer(TM) Product Family of High Performance Virtualization Products for Windows and Linux Based on the Open Source Xen(TM) Hypervisor
Available Now, XenEnterprise, XenServer and XenExpress Offer Revolutionary New Choice for Easy Deployment of x86 Server Virtuali

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/11/06 -- XenSource, Inc., the leader in infrastructure virtualization solutions based on the open source Xen(TM) hypervisor, today announced a comprehensive family of server virtualization products supported and maintained by the company leading the evolution of Xen. Designed to meet the needs of a broad range of users, the XenSource XenServer product family includes the recently announced XenEnterprise(TM), the market's first enterprise-grade commercially-packaged Xen virtualization solution supporting both Microsoft Windows® and Linux guests. New additions include XenServer(TM), for Windows standard server environments; and, XenExpress(TM), a free, production-ready product which enables anyone to quickly get started with Xen virtualization. Available now, all three products share the same architecture, delivering bare metal performance and facilitating easy migration and upgrades. Additionally, the new products offer a broad array of hardware device support, giving customers hardware investment protection and high utility. With extensive code contributions from Intel and AMD to optimize Xen performance on their newest CPUs, the new products immediately enable users to leverage the power of the Xen paravirtualized architecture and processors with Intel VT and AMD Virtualization(TM) -- which include hardware virtualization support for superior performance.

"Now that virtualization of multiple OS environments is possible, more individuals and companies will look at using Xen in their data centers as well as for specific test activities," said Tony Iams, vice president of System Software research at Ideas International, Inc. "By offering a complete product family for server virtualization, XenSource is helping to make Xen and virtualization simple, accessible, and able to address the needs of any size environment."

Based on the latest version of the open source Xen hypervisor, the XenServer product family delivers bare metal performance for virtualized guest operating systems. The commercial products, available now, are:

--  XenEnterprise(TM) - Designed for the heterogeneous environment of
    enterprises, XenEnterprise delivers the performance, open source
    innovation, unified architecture and broad hardware support of the Xen
    hypervisor for x86 server virtualization of multiple operating systems,
    including Windows and Linux. XenEnterprise emphasizes ease of use, and
    simple deployment of the Xen hypervisor and guest virtual servers. It also
    provides the ability to install and manage multiple guests on the same
    server, with no imposed limit to concurrent virtual machines; network
    storage support; and resource controls for CPU, memory, net and disk.
    XenEnterprise offers integrated support for Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters
    from Emulex and QLogic. XenEnterprise will include additional features such
    as live migration, 64-bit support, high availability/failover and
    concurrent shared storage support in the first half of 2007.

--  XenServer(TM) - Designed for Windows standard server environments,
    XenServer gives IT professionals a high performance, easy-to-use
    virtualization platform for Windows now. It is an easy-to-use server
    virtualization platform for running Windows virtual machines on bare metal
    x86 systems with Intel VT or AMD-V hardware virtualization assist. Key
    features include Windows compatible guests, up to eight concurrent virtual
    machines, multi-host management console, network storage support and
    resource controls for CPU, memory, networking and disk I/O.

--  XenExpress(TM) - Ideal for developers and technology enthusiasts,
    XenExpress is a free, production-ready product which enables anyone to
    quickly get started with Xen virtualization. XenExpress offers all of the
    performance and features of XenEnterprise, while enabling users to manage
    one server at a time. XenExpress can be freely downloaded today from the
    XenSource website and includes a license for a single server and four
    concurrent virtual machines. XenExpress supports both Windows and Linux
    guests. Additionally, because of the common, unified architecture,
    XenExpress can be easily upgraded to XenServer or XenEnterprise with a
    simple license key.

"We are sparking a revolution in the mass adoption of virtualization with XenSource and the XenServer product family. XenSource is freeing up demand for virtualization which has been constrained by high priced, proprietary solutions. Because of our open source business model and the support of hundreds of developers worldwide XenSource products offer tremendous performance, broad hardware support, and a rich feature set for our customers," said John Bara, vice president of marketing at XenSource. "The immediate availability for purchase of the XenServer product family will enable customers to confidently and quickly get started now with commercial versions of Xen virtualization regardless of the type of environment or size of data center they have."

Supported Operating Systems Guests and Hardware Requirements

XenSource products include support of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 and Windows XP guests. Guest support for Windows Server 2000 will be added in Q1 2007. Windows requires x86 systems with Intel VT or AMD-V hardware virtualization support. Supported Linux guests include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Debian Sarge. Linux runs with any standard x86 system, and does not require Intel VT or AMD-V hardware virtualization support.

Availability and Pricing

XenEnterprise, XenServer and XenExpress are available now. XenEnterprise and XenServer can be purchased from an authorized XenSource reseller, and pricing for XenEnterprise starts at $488 for an annual subscription license per dual socket server, and $750 perpetual license per dual socket server. XenServer pricing is $99 for an annual subscription for a dual socket license. XenExpress is free, and can be downloaded from the XenSource Web site.

For more information about XenSource products or information on becoming a XenSource reseller or partner, visit: or contact

About XenSource Products

For enterprises, IT professionals and technology enthusiasts seeking to benefit from virtualization of Windows and Linux in x86 server environments, XenSource products offer easy to use multi-OS virtualization solutions with built-in virtual machine lifecycle management, at breakthrough price and performance. The benefits from increased server utilization result in efficiency and savings on data center management and operational costs.

XenSource products offer the following key benefits:

--  Superior Bare Metal Performance: bare-metal Windows and Linux
    performance leveraging the Xen paravirtualized architecture and hardware
    virtualization capabilities of Intel® VT and AMD® V enabled processors.

--  Easy to use: automated step by step installers and a comprehensive
    management toolkit combined into a single package enable customers to get
    Xen up and running fast and also quickly build and manage a virtualization

--  Open Source Model: built on the open source Xen(TM) Hypervisor which
    benefits from regular innovations and contributions from hundreds of top
    developers from companies including IBM, HP, Intel, AMD and many others.
    Because of the open source nature of Xen, new features are made available
    at a much faster pace than proprietary virtualization offerings or those
    within operating systems projects with multi-year development cycles.

--  Unified Architecture: with a single, lightweight unified architecture
    based on Xen, customers can confidently implement and know they will be
    able to easily move up the XenSource product ladder with a simple license
    key. Similarly, all XenSource products share a common and standard API and
    SDK, allowing developers and ISVs to write once for all XenSource products.
    The Xen architecture is extremely lightweight and ideal as an embeddable
    virtualization component for OEMs.

--  Broadest Hardware Device Support: XenSource products leverage the
    existing device drivers in the Linux kernel stack, giving our products a
    broad and tested set of hardware device drivers enabling customers to run
    within diverse hardware environments with confidence.

About Xen

The Xen(TM) hypervisor is the industry-standard open source infrastructure virtualization software created and maintained by the founders of XenSource, Inc., and developed collaboratively by 20 of the world's most innovative data center solution vendors. Xen allows multiple virtual server instances to run concurrently on the same physical server, with near native performance and per-virtual server performance guarantees. The technology is being adopted world wide in enterprise datacenters to increase server utilization, support server consolidation, and reduce total cost of ownership.

About XenSource

XenSource, Inc. develops the XenServer(TM) product family based on the industry's highest-performance virtualization technology, the open source Xen(TM) Hypervisor. The product family includes XenEnterprise(TM), the leading enterprise-grade multi-OS platform virtualization solution, XenServer(TM) for high performance Windows virtualization and XenExpress(TM), a free, production-ready product for developers and IT enthusiasts. Founded and run by the Xen development team, XenSource products allow enterprises to realize the TCO savings that result from server consolidation, increased utilization, and reduced complexity in the datacenter. For more information, visit

XenSource, Xen, XenEnterprise, XenServer and XenExpress are trademarks of XenSource, Inc. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information contact:
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