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Now There’s a Xen Cloud Platform

The widgetry is supposed to be for SMBs, universities and researchers who want to build private clouds

Citrix' little friend Xen.org, where the open source hypervisor lives, has put out Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) 1.0, an open source server virtualization platform developed as part of the Xen Cloud Project introduced in 2009.

The widgetry is supposed to be for SMBs, universities and researchers who want to build private clouds as well as open source enthusiasts, who want to experiment with cloud computing.

XCP is a single, tested installable image using the Xen hypervisor, network and storage support, a management stack and tools.

It supports Windows and Linux as guest operating systems and integrates with the open source OpenStack Bexar release so it can cover everything from bare metal to cloud orchestration software.

XCP 1.0 includes an enterprise-class Xen API Management tool stack with disaster recovery support, security, real-time performance monitoring, support for multi-host resource pools, and upgrade and patching capabilities.

It also provides support for virtual networking capabilities via Open vSwitch and a range of open source GUI management tools.

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