Monthly Archives: November 2009

Fujitsu and VA Linux Systems Japan K.K Join Xen Advisory Board

The Xen community is pleased to announce the addition of Fujitsu and VA Linux Systems Japan  K.K. to the Xen Advisory Board. Fujitsu and VA Linux Systems joins other leading enterprise vendors to offer expertise and leadership to promote the Xen hypervisor as the industry standard in open source virtualization. The addition of these two influential vendors based in Japan provides Xen with an enhanced customer prospective in the server, client and cloud virtualization markets.

Over the last two years, Fujitsu  has significantly increased their contribution to the Xen.org community. Fujitsu hosted the inaugural Xen Summit Asia event in 2008 at their Makuhari Lab, submitted a substantial number of accepted patches for the Itanium (IA64) Xen hypervisor and the following Xen features: PV SCSI driver, PV USB driver, VTd SAN boot support,  and guest dump. The company has also been a leader in defining and contributing to the newly launched Xen Client Initiative (XCI) and Xen Cloud Platform. Finally, Fujitsu has recently released a benchmark tool for virtualization, AutoVMbench.

VA Linux Japan has also been a great Xen evangelist with presentations at Linux.con.au 2007, Japan Linux Symposium 2009, Xen Summit Boston 2008, Xen Summit Asia 2008, and Xen Summit Fall 2006. They have also sponsored 2 Xen Conferences in Japan in 2007 and 2008 with sizeable audiences. On the development side of Xen, VA Linux Japan is the current Xen/IA 64 maintainer and has contributed large amounts of code for PCI passthrough, I/O schedulers and bandwidth control, domU core-dump, and Linux upstream of domU pv_ops/ia64.

“Having Fujitsu and VA Linux Japan join the Xen Advisory Board is another milestone for the Xen community, demonstrating the broad reach of the project,” said Ian Pratt, founder of the xen project and Chairman of Xen.org. “With Fujitsu’s and VA Linux Japan’s industry leadership and strong presence in the Asian marketplace, the Xen.org community is further strengthened, ensuring a continued leadership position as the open source hypervisor of choice.”

“Fujitsu is committed to contribute to the open source with  Xen community, and we are excited to join the Xen Advisory Board,” said Chiseki Sagawa, president of the SOP Strategy and Development Office at Fujitsu. “With the openness and enterprise-class features of the Xen Cloud Platform, customers can freely choose best of enterprise ready cloud platform from various vendors.”

“VA Linux Japan has been contributing to the Xen community since its inception, offering high-quality consulting services for the Xen virtualization technology in Japan. Today’s announcement of joining the Xen advisory board gives us a confidence that our efforts toward the Xen open source projects have been widely recognized.” said Iehisa “Ike” Nakamura, president and CEO, VA Linux Japan. “We are proud to be a member of the Xen advisory board. VA Linux is committed to support the adoption of the Xen technology and XCP in Japan and continue to contribute to Xen.org.”

The Xen Advisory Board provides oversight and guidance to the Xen project for all community activities, technology development, and management of the Xen® trademark. The Xen Advisory Board includes membership from the top eight contributors to the Xen project, as well as the key vendors delivering the Xen hypervisor. Current advisory board members are Citrix, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Intel, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and VA Linux Japan.

Xen.org attending SCALE 2010

The Xen.org community is confirmed for a booth and possible presentation at SCALE 2010 – Southern California Linux Expo in LA from February 19-21 at the Westin LAX hotel. More information from this event early next year but if you are in the area or considering attending, please let me know as I always like to have extra help at the Xen.org booth.

New Xen.org Tutorials and Demonstration Page

With all the great videos and tutorials being created by Mr. Teo En Ming I have decided to create a new page on Xen.org with a list of videos and tutorials – http://www.xen.org/support/tutorial.html. The current videos are all Xen Hypervisor related but I am willing to create new product sections for XCI, Xen Cloud Platform, etc. Feel free to email any videos or links to videos you would like added.

Project XVP

From Ewan Mellor on Citrix Community Blog:

One of the most common requests from XenServer customers is for a web interface, so that they can manage their VMs from a browser. I’m pleased to say that I’ve found one!
It’s called xvp, and has been developed by Colin Dean at Durham University in the UK. There are four components:
•    xvpweb: A web front end for XenServer, running on Apache/PHP.
•    xvpviewer: A Java applet for accessing XenServer consoles (used by xvpweb, of course).
•    xvp: A server-side proxy for XenServer consoles, so that you can use ordinary VNC clients.
•    xvpdiscover: A tool that queries a XenServer pool, and writes the appropriate configuration files for xvp and xvpweb.

The whole thing is open source (GPL v2). It uses libxenserver, XML-RPC for PHP, and parts of TightVNC.  It’s been in development since May 2009, and is now on version 1.2.4.

Project home page: http://www.dur.ac.uk/c.c.dean/xvp/