Xen wins InfoWorld’s 2011 BOSSIE Award

Congratulations to the Xen.org community for winning the 2011 BOSSIE Award in the Data Center and Cloud Software category. BOSSIE Awards are given to the best open source software in several categories. The first BOSSIE Awards were announced in September 2007 and the awards are adjudged by the Infoworld editors and reviewers. Xen has won the BOSSIE Award in the Hypervisor and Server Virtualization category in 2007, 2008 and 2009. It is great to have won again this year!

Let me quote what InfoWorld says about Xen:

The open source world offers two terrific hypervisors in KVM and Xen. KVM has had the advantage of residing natively in the Linux kernel, eliminating the need for mods or patches and reaping the benefits of the underlying Linux APIs. As a result, KVM took the Bossie last year. But that was then, and this is now.

In May of this year, Xen joined KVM in the Linux mainline. Now all of the code necessary to run Linux as the Xen management OS and as a paravirtualized Xen guest is part of the Linux kernel itself. The milestone puts Xen on an equal footing with KVM in terms of keeping pace with changes to Linux. It also represents a significant achievement of the Xen team and earns our Bossie.

Of course there’s still work to be done. Managing Xen can daunting enough to send you in search of a commercial tool such as Citrix’s XenServer. But thanks to Xen’s early foothold in server virtualization, you’ll find a good ecosystem of tools to help with provisioning, monitoring, and security.

Thanks for all the good work, and keep at it! I am particularly excited about projects such as project Kronos, which should make a big difference to users of Xen.

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Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.