A couple of weeks back, I started a series (currently still 1-part long, apologies!) on Site Recovery for Hyper-V, and in that post, I discussed Essentials for Hyper-V 5.5, from Citrix.  Without trying to recreate the wheel from that post, Essentials for Hyper-V is a comprehensive set of advanced virtualisation management capabilities now offering customers affordable business continuity solutions.  Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V 5.5 includes Citrix StorageLink Site Recovery, a powerful set of tools that make end-to-end business continuity accessible, affordable, and easy to deploy.

If you want the full lowdown on the suite, check out my previous post, however if all you’re interested in is the release date, then this post is for you.

It’s available now!

You can also grab a Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V Platinum Edition 30-day Evaluation which you may find useful in testing, to see if it meets your needs.

Finally, there is a joint webcast, Citrix Essentials and StorageLink Site Recovery: Disaster Recovery for your Hyper-V Environment, with details below:


  • Tyler Carter, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Mark Nijmeijer, Sr. Manager, StorageLink Site Recovery Engineering, Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Jim Schwartz, Director of Virtualization Solutions, Microsoft

During this webcast Citrix and Microsoft introduce a new solution that makes cost-effective disaster recovery attainable for any organization. Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V adds new disaster recovery capabilities to Hyper-V with the recent release of StorageLink Site Recovery technology. The joint solution combines the benefits of consolidating servers using Microsoft Hyper-V with advanced clustering and disaster recovery automation to give organizations an affordable way to implement, manage and automate disaster recovery services.

Product experts will demonstrate how StorageLink Site Recovery brings simple disaster recovery controls to Hyper-V while tapping powerful array-based remote replication services to protect your Hyper-V workloads from site-to-site. This session will also explore how you can use StorageLink Site Recovery together with Microsoft Clustering and Citrix Essentials workflow orchestration tools to build an automated DR solution for your Hyper-V environment.

Discussion topics include:

  • Setting up array-based replication services
  • Staging remote Hyper-V workloads for DR testing
  • Performing fail-over of Hyper-V workloads

Register Here.