Citrix XenServer 6.2 is Open Source. What does this mean for you?

Last month, Citrix made the bold move to release their latest iteration of XenServer under an Open Source license. According to Citrix, this will allow them to "better engage with ecosystem partners to enable innovation"1 .At the same time, they created a new user portal at to foster community interaction and third-party development.

In addition to its new license model, XenServer 6.2 introduces a few new features as well, including support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, improvements to horizontal scaling, and better alerting capabilities.

In a highly competitive marketplace of big hitters such as VMWare, a constantly maturing Hyper-V, and other open source virtualization products, what does this mean for Citrix, and is it enough to gain the kind of enterprise adoption they are looking for?

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