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Citrix is rebranding XenServer. The latest version of Xen Server is called Citrix Hypervisor, and it also brings some under-the-hood changes.

Last year, Citrix announced that it wanted to rebrand its hypervisor software. Before that, however, the virtualisation specialist waited for version 8.0, which is now rolling out. So from now on, don’t say Xen anymore, but Citrix Hypervisor.

The new hypervisor is based on version 4.19 of the Linux kernel, combined with Xen Hypervisor version 4.11. Citrix further adds support for Windows Server 2019 VMs, and expands support for vGPU machines. From now on it is possible to take snapshots of this.


For HPC environments, Citrix supports larger drives (over 2TB), making the hypervisor compatible with new operating systems. Think of new versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Desktop 15, CentOS and RedHat Enterprise Linux 7.6.

Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 is a major new release, so compatibility is not guaranteed. For an upgrade you should check if Citrix supports your hardware. Furthermore, this release is just the next step in the XenServer story, although we are not allowed to call it that anymore.

Related: Citrix integrates and sells Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop solution

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