As the community manager for the open source Xen.org community, home of the Xen Hypervisor, I am often asked about competition from proprietary and open source hypervisors as well as questions about Xen’s viability as an open source community. Many people are seeing the rapid emergence of KVM from Red Hat as the golden child due to its architecture within Linux and the strong messaging from Red Hat. However, marketing aside, Xen.org continues to be the leading open source player in the virtualization market with the largest cloud providers choosing open source Xen as their hypervisor platform as well as some of the largest software companies on the planet shipping their virtualization solutions with the open source Xen hypervisor.
The focus of the Xen.org community is solely on technology, ensuring a leading-edge product with high performance, tight security, and cutting edge features. Xen is not exclusively marketed as a competitive solution but instead is the foundation for companies such as Oracle, Fujitsu, Citrix, etc in their virtualization solutions. Thus, many people don’t see a response from Xen.org to Red Hat or other competitors targeted messaging. It is our proven belief that superior technology from a diverse community of developers allows Xen to stand alone as the open source hypervisor of choice.
For technologists and developers interested in learning more about the open source Xen.org community and our technologies, I would like to invite you to attend our Xen Summit North America at AMD on April 28-29, 2010 in Sunnyvale, CA. Registration is $235 for the two day event and you can sign up at http://www.regonline.com/xen_summit_amd.