Yesterday, Citrix released the public beta of the next version of XenServer, which may or may not be called XenServer 4.2 but is still being referred to as ‘Project Orlando’. Judging by the comments on the Citrix forum, the release was indeed scheduled for end of July, with a final version coming in September.
Citrix XenServer 4.2 comes with Xen 3.2, with Xen 3.3 remaining in final testing stage. On to the Xen.org blog, you can already post feature requests for Xen 3.4.
Virtualization.info broke the news about the release and lists the following additional new features:
- Automated high availability
- VM grouping, searching and tagging
- Real-time and persistent performance monitoring
- Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, XP SP3, Vista SP1 guest OSes
- Support for Novell SLES 9 SP4 / 10 SP2, Red Hat RHEL 4.7 / 5.2 guest OSes
- Support for Fibre Channel / iSCSI multipath (configurable through XenCenter)
- Support for alerts as email
You can enroll for the public beta program here.