Xen is the beloved Linux virtualization platform of huge cloud players such as Amazon, Rackspace cloud, Linode etc. Xen was previously a community sponsored project of Citrix. Now Linux Foundation has taken over the development. As written on the official Xen blog
Almost a year ago, I floated the idea within Citrix of finding a non-profit home for the Xen Project. At this point, I had worked for and with the Xen community for just over a year. We only just implemented community-led Governance and it was clear that at some point Xen would need to become a truly vendor neutral project. You cannot imagine how pleased I was, when almost immediately I got full support from Citrix management to pursue the idea of finding a vendor-neutral home for Xen. We looked at various options and it quickly became clear that The Linux Foundation was the most natural fit for the Xen Project. And then the hard work to pull everything together started … but this is a story for some other time. The good news is that as of today, The Xen Project is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project with an impressive Advisory Board consisting of companies that will contribute to, fund and guide the non-technical aspects of the Xen Project.
As listed on the Xen web site, Collaborators who are willing to contribute to the project is impressive. Amazon Web Services, AMD, Bromium, Calxeda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, Oracle, Samsung and Verizon.
Xen is easy to use and configure when comparing with KVM. And implementing nice features such as live VM migrations and fail over is really easy on XEN. Linux foundation has already announced their plans with Xen and implementing UEFI secure boot and Xen ARM support is coming.
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