XenServer 7.1 is available: you can download it now. When XenServer 7.0 was released it had a slew of never-seen-before features, significant performance improvements and a mission; to build on Citrix's Infrastructure Strategy and provide a platform to avoid additional VMware license costs (dubbed the vTax).
That said, there was a wobble with the minor issue of major data loss, but at least it was found at patched quickly. It could be said that XenServer has a Sisyphean task to present the hypervisor as a trusted platform, as a platform that expands beyond hosting the VMs for EUC workloads to be a core provider for any workload.
To properly address resolving the perception of vTax, you need to build on features, and ensure that performance and reliability closely matches alternatives. Ideally better leverage the fact that Citrix should be best able to create value through innovation and integration within their own stack.
XenServer 7.1 was announced in January. Now it is here, what is new with XenServer 7.1? How does it compare to previous releases, and what has ceased to be? Most importantly, what does the XenServer 7.1 release do for existing, and prospective customers?