Strong Industry Support Drives Need for Independent Xen Project Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Citrix and The Linux Foundation today announced that open source community development for the Xen® virtualization platform will become a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Leveraging its proven model of collaborative development for the new Xen Project™ initiative, The Linux Foundation will provide infrastructure, guidance and a collaborative network. The neutral, member-led community will help accelerate cross-industry innovation around the Xen Project hypervisor, bringing guidance and contributions from a more diverse group of technology leaders.

Over the past decade, collaborative innovations in cloud computing, security and advanced processor support have made Xen the most scalable and secure hypervisor in the industry. It is these innovations that have led to the adoption of Xen and Citrix XenServer® as the platforms for powering approximately two-thirds of the public cloud revenue in the world. The initial set of supporters demonstrates the broad reach the technology has had in the marketplace. With more than 10 years of development and in use by more than 10 million users, the open source technology attracts contributions from organizations such as Amazon, AMD, Cambridge University, Citrix, Fujitsu, Intel, National Security Agency (NSA), Oracle and SUSE.The following technology leaders are aligned in advancing the Xen Project initiative in the Cloud Era: Amazon Web Services, AMD, Bromium, Calxeda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, Oracle, Samsung and Verizon.

Today’s announcement marks a continued commitment from Citrix to open source technologies and driving greater enterprise agility. Citrix believes that the open source community will play a vital role in the Cloud Era, leading the way for proprietary innovations rather than following them. It is this perspective that has formed the Citrix strategy to engage deeply in open source efforts such as the Xen Project initiative, as well as the Apache CloudStack project, which provides an open and flexible cloud orchestration platform to deliver reliable and scalable private and public clouds, and The Linux Foundation’s recently announced OpenDaylight project, which is focused on enabling widespread adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

For more details, including recent Xen Project community highlights, please see today’s announcement from The Linux Foundation.

Industry interest in Xen has been growing rapidly over the past few years, thriving on strong industry support and commitment from the project’s founding members. By widening the scope of collaboration under The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community can set the bar even higher for innovation. Citrix remains committed to the project and advancing the technology for Xen Project-based products across the industry, including its own Citrix XenServer.

- Peder Ulander
VP, Open Source Solutions
Citrix