XenServer 6.5 was released during Citrix summit. Not quite revolutionary enough to be a full new release, and obviously we can't talk about the monkey squirrel incident that involved versions 6.3 and 6.4. Still, a new version of a hypervisor that drives majority of number of Gartner magic quadrant mentioned IaaS clouds, and likely your XenDesktop or XenApp estate?
When it was released, I thought XenServer 6.2 had its benefits. I've used that release extensively. Mind, as we moved through 2014 and into 2015 it was apparent the XenServer 6.5 release had a number of jobs to do:
- Address the calamity of messaging and confidence that 6.2's "open source" play did towards the viability of the hypervisor in the enterprise.
- Resolve the poorly explained reasoning for removing a number of enterprise features: specifically Workload Balancing.
- Accommodate the growing demand for XenServer to deliver virtualised desktops with visually rich interactive graphics.
- Provide a platform that could offer a more robust and powerful offering to competition from Microsoft (2012R2) and VMware (5.5, 6.0).
- Never, ever, ever mention the Monkey Squirrel Incident.
So what is new with XenServer 6.5? How does it compare to 6.2, and what has ceased to be? Most importantly, what does the XenServer 6.5 release do for existing, and prospective customers?