Citrix aims to cut virtual desktop costs with next-gen XenServer


The latest version of Citrix Systems’ XenServer cuts the cost of virtualizing high-end PCs by increasing the number of desktops that can run on each server.

For XenServer 6.5, Citrix has been working on improving the platform’s GPU virtualization capabilities. The end result is that companies can now achieve a greater density of virtualized desktops for graphics-heavy apps using XenServer.

That means fewer servers have to be used to host the desktops, which lowers both hardware and operating costs.

To boost graphics performance, Citrix is collaborating with Nvidia. With Nvidia’s Grid vGPU technology, it becomes possible for virtualized desktops and apps to take better advantage of hardware-accelerated graphics. The graphics commands of each virtual machine are passed directly to the GPU, without translation by the hypervisor.

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