Xen Project Launches New Open Cloud Initiative

Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:01am EDT

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Introduction of Xen Cloud Platform Will Accelerate Customer Adoption of Open
Enterprise-Class Cloud Infrastructures
SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--
Xen.org, the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, today formally announced
the Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) initiative - a powerful new community-led effort to
build on the growing leadership of the Xen hypervisor in today`s cloud, and
deliver a secure and proven open source infrastructure platform for the
federated cloud services of tomorrow. The Xen Cloud Platform will accelerate the
use of cloud infrastructure for enterprise customers by providing open source
virtual infrastructure technology that makes it easy for service providers to
deliver secure, customizable, multi-tenant cloud services that work seamlessly
with the virtualized application workloads customers are already running in
their internal datacenters and private clouds, without locking them into any
particular vendor. 

"The Xen Cloud Platform raises the bar - going beyond the hypervisor to deliver
a complete run-time virtual infrastructure platform product that virtualizes
storage, server and network resources," said Mark Bowker, analyst, ESG. "This
announcement aligns the Xen community around a common compatible product,
increasing the opportunity for value-added offerings from all ISVs, while
promising to run VMs from any hypervisor." 

The low cost and rapid development benefits of the open source model, coupled
with its proven security, performance and customizability, made Xen the
hypervisor of choice for many cloud computing pioneers. The widespread adoption
of Xen in today`s most successful commercial cloud offerings led the community
to formalize the Xen Cloud Platform to further accelerate this growth in an
open, non-proprietary way. This initiative enables open source contributors and
consumers to come together around a more focused effort to deliver a complete
Xen-based infrastructure product that supports a wide variety of current and
future cloud scenarios. 

"The Xen Project has played a seminal role in enabling the creation and rapid
adoption of virtualization," said Ian Pratt, creator of Xen and founder of
Xen.org. "Today Xen is already the most widely used hypervisor in the service
provider market and the community will be able to build on this momentum to
develop a complete, open source, cloud-optimized Xen virtual infrastructure
platform. Our goal is to empower providers to offer a rich set of services that
will catalyze cloud adoption by the enterprise in a way that`s open, accessible
and non-proprietary." 

A key focus of the XCP initiative will be to provide technology that permits
easy interoperability between internal enterprise "private clouds" and leading
external cloud platforms like Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud Servers and GoGrid.
The Xen Cloud Platform will accelerate the development of a wide variety of key
technologies and standards that address this need in an open, non-proprietary
way, including:

* Broad interoperability across disparate virtualization platforms - Through
standards such as the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Open
Virtualization Format (OVF), virtual appliances will be packaged in a
hypervisor-independent format for easy transport between internal and external
clouds with no proprietary vendor lock-in. 
* Support for new and existing applications - Existing applications currently
running in enterprise datacenters will be enabled to run in Xen-based cloud
platforms without modification. This flexibility will allow users to choose
where each application should run based on business needs rather than
limitations of the technology or proprietary requirements of their current
virtualization or cloud vendor. 
* Federated computing capacity - With federated private and public clouds, the
process of moving application workloads between virtual datacenters and
disparate cloud service providers will be simplified. 
* Standardized virtualization management - Support for DMTF standards will allow
complete open management of virtual infrastructures. 
* Rich virtual networking capabilities - A powerful open virtual switch will
make it easy for cloud providers to add sophisticated network service offerings,
including per-tenant network management, intrusion detection, firewalling,
routing, and load balancing. 
* Cloud-scale virtual storage infrastructures - Advanced storage features
required by enterprise workloads will enable virtual machines and their physical
storage to be widely separated without disrupting application performance.

"Rackspace is very excited about the direction and scope of the Xen Cloud
Platform," said Lew Moorman, president and chief strategy officer, Rackspace.
"We have built our Cloud Servers offering on the Xen platform and are
experiencing strong customer interest in this new model of hosting. The cloud
will not only reduce the cost of computing but also provide instantaneous access
enabling customers to improve the speed of business. It is very exciting and
encouraging to see Xen.org put the full weight of the community behind the
development of a cloud platform." 

The Xen Cloud Platform will address the needs of cloud providers by combining
the isolation and multi-tenancy capabilities of the Xen hypervisor with enhanced
security, storage and network virtualization technologies to offer a rich set of
virtual infrastructure cloud services. The platform will also address user
requirements for security, availability, performance and isolation across both
private and public clouds. The project will not attempt to develop new,
independent management and orchestration offerings since this is an area with
existing rich offerings and active ongoing development in the community,
including open source options from the Eucalyptus Project and OpenNebula.org, as
well as solutions from cloud provider and commercial virtualization vendors. 

The Xen Cloud Platform will combine the mobility and openness attributes of the
Xen virtualization platform with innovative storage, security and network
virtualization technologies already under development as part of Xen.org. As a
result, the new platform will not only address cloud provider requirements
around security and isolation, but will also meet next-generation user
requirements for security, availability, performance, isolation and manage
between on-premise and off-premise infrastructures. 

Xen.org Advisory Board Members Voice Support

Xen.org advisory board members such as Citrix, HP, Intel, Novell and Oracle have
already voiced their support for the XCP initiative: 

"As a Xen.org advisory board member and frequent contributor, Citrix fully
supports this expansion in scope for the Xen community," said Peter Levine,
senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Cloud Division, Citrix
Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS). "Starting with the core Xen platform five years ago, the
Xen Client Initiative (XCI) in 2008 and now the Xen Cloud Platform (XCP)
initiative, the open source value proposition of reliability, security,
scalability and unbeatable economics now extends from the desktop to the
datacenter and cloud. Citrix is excited to contribute to this project and looks
forward to working with all the beneficiaries - service providers, businesses
and consumers of cloud-based resources alike - to provide cloud services that
are open, interoperable and free from proprietary vendor lock in." 

"Organizations are turning increasingly to virtualization to help them reduce
operating costs," said Nick van der Zweep, director of Virtualization and
Insight Software at HP. "With the Xen Cloud Platform, customers will be able to
leverage HP infrastructure and enable open source virtualization for clients,
clouds, and servers. This will provide a platform for innovation, facilitating
an infrastructure that provides organizations with increased flexibility and
improved levels of service while reducing costs." 

"Extending the capability of Xen.org with the Xen Cloud Platform initiative
builds on the great foundation that we have in place today for creating and
building solid capabilities for enterprise class clouds," said Doug Fisher, vice
president and general manager, Systems Software Division, Intel. "This is an
important step in unlocking innovation across all disciplines of cloud

"As an active member of the Xen open source project, Novell is excited to
participate in the Xen Cloud Platform initiative," said Carlos Montero-Luque,
vice president of business and product management for Open Platform Solutions at
Novell. "Novell is committed to an open source model that thrives on the support
and contributions of a strong community. Creating a stable, well-defined public
API for Xen will help drive its rapid adoption inside the enterprise and in

"Oracle continues to provide leadership and contributions to Xen.org, and is
committed to the broad availability of a complete open source virtualization
platform, independent of any OS," said Wim Coekaerts, vice president of Linux
engineering, Oracle Corporation. "Aligning the community around a single
compatible code base will maximize the benefits of open source virtual
infrastructure for customers, and simplify the federation of private and public

For a list of additional supporting quotes from Xen community supporters, please
see the end of this announcement. 

Today`s announcement builds on Xen.org`s leadership in the virtualization
community. In 2008, Xen.org expanded its charter and community effort with the
addition of the Xen Client Initiative (XCI), which led the community to offer
the first complete embeddable client hypervisor ready for consumption by ISVs
and OEMs. The success of the XCI model, combined with strong demand in cloud
computing and demand from key service providers, has now led the community to
further expand the Xen.org charter to include the new Xen Cloud Platform (XCP)
initiative to accelerate open source development of a complete cloud-optimized
virtual infrastructure product. These expansions have driven a renewed
commitment to Xen with more than 250 leading companies regularly contributing to
the projects and contributions jumping over 110 percent year over year. This
continued investment has enabled Xen.org to continue to accelerate the pace of
innovation in the core of the datacenter, on client devices and now into the

About The Xen Project and Xen.org

Xen.org is the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, a fast, secure industry
standard code base for operating system virtualization. Founded and led by Ian
Pratt, the community benefits from the contributions of senior engineers from
leading hardware, software, and security vendors. Xen.org is run for the benefit
of the community by the Xen Project Advisory Board, which is drawn from leading
contributors to the project. For more information, visit www.xen.org. 

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

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safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of
Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking
statements in this release, including without limitation statements made by
representatives of contributors to Xen.org, do not constitute guarantees of
future performance. Investors in contributors to Xen.org are cautioned that
statements in this press release, which are not strictly historical statements,
involve risks that could cause actual results to differ materially, including
risks associated with the demand for cloud services, the uncertainty inherent in
developing cutting-edge technology, the failure to coordinate and manage
contributions to Xen.org, competition from alternative cloud infrastructure
providers, the voluntary nature of contributions to Xen.org, the level of
resources made available to Xen.org by contributors to Xen.org as well as other
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release or with respect to the announcements described herein. 

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Supporting Quotes

AMD - "AMD congratulates the Xen community for launching the Xen Cloud Platform
and providing the industry options for IaaS deployments," said Earl Stahl, vice
president of software development, AMD. "We believe that choice and
interoperability are key in continuing to build cost-effective and
enterprise-ready cloud computing and virtualization technology. We applaud
Xen.org on its commitment to flexibility and openness and look forward to
continuing our work with the Xen Project to help bring more economical and
scalable cloud technology to the enterprise." 

Carpathia - "Carpathia has been working to take advantage of the capabilities
the Xen platform provides to deliver Carpathia InstantOn, our enterprise cloud
computing platform," said Jon Greaves, CTO of Carpathia Hosting, a leading
provider of hosting services for enterprise and Federal customers. "Our ability
to take the foundation provided by Xen and extend it to deliver unique services
is helping accelerate adoption of cloud solutions for enterprise and Federal
customers. The Xen Cloud Platform will further enhance this foundation with a
set of technologies purposely built to support the demands of our customers." 

Cloudera - "The Xen hypervisor has been widely used in enterprise data centers
because of its clean hardware abstraction for elastic, scalable distributed
systems," said Mike Olson, CEO of Cloudera. "That has made it a good foundation
for our customers doing large-scale data analysis using the Cloudera
Distribution for Hadoop. The Xen Cloud Platform initiative is a great next step
in making an open source cloud platform for the enterprise a reality." 

Dell - "Dell and Citrix are committed to accelerate cloud computing by providing
innovations in IT infrastructure," said Andy Rhodes, head of Data Center
Solutions Marketing, Dell. "Together we are helping customers use virtualization
in every area of IT - from the desktop to the datacenter and into the cloud. The
Xen Cloud Platform will provide business model flexibility and a fresh approach
for delivering IT as an infrastructure service." 

Eucalyptus Systems, Inc. - "Eucalyptus provides open source private cloud
software that will be easily combined with the Xen Cloud Platform to allow
anyone to implement an `Infrastructure-as-a-Service` cloud," said Dr. Rich
Wolski, CTO and co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems, Inc. "The rich feature set
added to the Xen platform makes it suitable for enterprises and service
providers as a key enabling technology for building on-premise clouds." 

Fujitsu - "Fujitsu highly appreciates the openness of Xen and has been
contributing to the Xen community over the years," said Chiseki Sagawa,
president of the SOP Strategy and Development Office at Fujitsu. "We welcome the
new Xen Cloud Platform which will be a great value for us to enhance our
Trusted-Service Platform for cloud computing services." 

GoGrid - "GoGrid delivered the world`s first cloud supporting the instantiation
of both Linux and Windows and we did it using the Xen hypervisor," said John
Keagy, GoGrid CEO. "We are still the only cloud supporting Windows 2008 and Xen
continues to meet all of our needs. The Xen Cloud Platform will deliver an
exciting tool for the enablement of both public and private clouds and the
resulting interoperability will help accelerate the adoption of cloud

HyperStratus - "An open source-based complete cloud offering is a huge benefit
to all participants in the cloud ecosystem - enterprises, software vendors, and
cloud providers," said Bernard Golden, CEO, HyperStratus. "The vision of
bridging an internal Xen-based cloud to public cloud providers enables
cost-effective scaling while increasing choice and flexibility." 

Juniper Networks - "Juniper is committed to delivering a Cloud Computing
Infrastructure that is based on an open, standards-based network architecture
with the flexibility to support fully converged and virtualized data center
environments," said David Yen, executive vice president and general manager,
Data Center Business Group at Juniper Networks. "Xen.org shares the same
commitment toward open standards and the Xen Cloud Platform will speed
innovation, integration and interoperability so customers can maximize the
potential of cloud computing." 

NetApp - "Working closely with the industry`s leading IT vendors, NetApp
provides enterprise customers and service providers with the solutions and
infrastructure needed to enable the cloud, such as secure multi-tenancy,
transparent data motion, service automation, storage efficiency, and integrated
data protection," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing for
NetApp. "NetApp is committed to bringing the same level of capabilities to the
open source Xen Cloud Platform." 

SoftLayer - "SoftLayer has relied on Xen to make great strides in providing
customers a dynamic, manageable and cost effective cloud infrastructure that
offers a rich set of enterprise services," said Sean Charnock, vice president of
business development at SoftLayer. "Formalizing the already progressing work of
the community into the XCP will provide a solid springboard for innovation in
cloud computing and only speed the rate we can leverage our expertise in
on-demand data center services to provide cutting edge cloud computing." 

VA Linux Japan - "As experts in solving problems in the areas of open source
operating systems and virtualization technology, VA Linux Japan will work with
the Xen.org community to promote and enhance the activities of the Xen Cloud
Platform," said Iehisa "Ike" Nakamura, president and CEO, VA Linux Japan.
"Backed by our technical skills, expertise and considerable experience in all
areas of software development, we are committed to supporting the development of
the open source based cloud development services in Japan." 

Citrix Systems, Inc. for Xen.org
Julie Geer, 408-790-8543

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