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by nc on November 3, 2009 · 3 comments

Wow, that was fast! As I mentioned yesterday, Citrix has open sourced the server-side components of XenServer. It came in the form of Xen Cloud Platform. As I expected, they open-sourced xapi, but not the client or the Windows components.

In any case, I will update once I play with it.. but this is great!

Update: Another post on the blog details the release of the xapi toolstack. Sounds pretty much the same as the version included in XenServer.. only thing I don’t recall being available in the XenServer version is the Java applet for console feature, and the Javascript XenAPI client – I’m guessing those were added to allow users to get console access without needing the Windows client. Nice!

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Stephen Spector November 3, 2009 at 8:31 am

Nate: I hope you and your readers find the new version of Xen useful and the community looks forward to your thoughts on this platform. Our plan is to leverage this version of XCP as the base to begin integrating with other cloud solutions from the open source universe. Of course, having a nice ISO pre-packaged version of Xen reay to go should help users looking for an easy way to install and deploy Xen.


nc November 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

@Stephen Indeed.. I love the idea. It will be interesting to see how this competes wth libvirt; it’s certainly a much more complete solution, but it is also specific to the Xen hypervisor. (Not a bad thing in my opinion, as I’m a Xen geek of old and a XenServer customer, but a lot of people want multi-hypervisor compatibility now too.)


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