At its annual Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, the Linux Foundation and Citrix (CTXS) announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Started ten years ago, Xen Project open source virtualization platform has led to Citrix XenServer becoming a powerful cloud platform. The project has seen contributions from organizations such as Amazon, AMD, Cambridge University, Citrix, Fujitsu, Intel, National Security Agency (NSA), Oracle and SUSE.
“Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects have at least one thing in common and that is they all use collaborative development to advance and accelerate technology innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Xen Project is an important open source community project that provides valuable technology to the entire Linux and open source ecosystem. It’s a natural move for us to help nurture collaboration to advance this technology.”
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. 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.
“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,” said Peder Ulander, VP, Open Source Solutions at Citrix. “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.”
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. The Linux Foundation recently announced the OpenDaylight project, a community-led and industry-supported open source framework that will accelerate adoption, foster new innovation and create a more open and transparent approach to Software-Defined Networking (SDN).