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OpenNebula and Xen Collaborate to Build OpenNebula Clouds on XCP

Delivering a complete fully open source stack for cloud computing

The Xen.org and OpenNebula.org open source communities are working together to add XCP support to OpenNebula. This collaboration will produce the OpenNebula Toolkit for XCP, which will be hosted as freely available open source project on OpenNebula.org. The XCP project team and Xen.org community will provide technical guidance and assistance to the OpenNebula open-source project.

“We are really excited to collaborate with Xen.org in offering Xen Cloud Platform support. This will be a huge step forward towards achieving a complete open-source stack for cloud infrastructure deployment. We are planning to have a first prototype of the integration by November.” said Ignacio M. Llorente, Director of OpenNebula Project and Chief Executive Advisor at C12G Labs.

“I am really pleased that Xen and OpenNebula are collaborating on a new project, building on a history that goes all the way back to 2008, OpenNebula 1 and Xen 3.1. This renewed collaboration, together with projects such Kronos which will deliver XCP with different Linux distributions, will make building rich Xen based clouds much easier.” said Ian Pratt, Chairman of Xen.org and SVP, Products at Bromium.

OpenNebula is a fully open-source, Apache licensed toolkit for on-premise IaaS cloud computing, offering a comprehensive solution for the management of virtualized data centres to enable private, public and hybrid clouds. OpenNebula interoperability makes cloud an evolution by offering common cloud standards and interfaces, leveraging existing IT infrastructure, protecting existing investments, and avoiding vendor lock-in. OpenNebula is used by many research projects as a powerful tool for innovation and interoperability, and by thousands of organizations to build large-scale production clouds using KVM, Xen and VMware. This new collaboration will extend Xen support in OpenNebula to include XCP, bringing the rich capabilities of XenAPI to OpenNebula.

XCP is an open source, GPLv2 licensed, enterprise-ready server virtualization and cloud computing platform, delivering the Xen Hypervisor with support for a range of guest operating systems including Windows® and Linux® network and storage support, management tools in a single, tested installable image. XCP addresses the needs of cloud providers, hosting services and data centres 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. In addition, XCP addresses user requirements for security, availability, performance and isolation across both private and public clouds. The collaboration will add OpenNebula support to the list of Cloud Orchestration stacks that build on top of XCP.

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Dr. Llorente is Director of the OpenNebula Project and CEO & co-founder at C12G Labs. He is an entrepreneur and researcher in the field of cloud and distributed computing, having managed several international projects and initiatives on Cloud Computing, and authored many articles in the leading journals and proceedings books. Dr. Llorente is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as independent expert and consultant for the European Commission and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes and invited talks in the main international events in cloud computing, has served on several Groups of Experts on Cloud Computing convened by international organizations, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum, and has contributed to several Cloud Computing panels and roadmaps. He founded and co-chaired the Open Grid Forum Working Group on Open Cloud Computing Interface, and has participated in the main European projects in Cloud Computing. Llorente holds a Ph.D in Computer Science (UCM) and an Executive MBA (IE Business School), and is a Full Professor (Catedratico) and the Head of the Distributed Systems Architecture Group at UCM.