XCP in Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS: “apt-get install xcp-xapi“

Canonical’s release of Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS now includes support for the Xen Hypervisor (version 4.1.2), Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) packages and XCP OpenStack plug-ins. The inclusion of the Xen Cloud Platform packages into Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS makes Xen more easily accessible to Ubuntu users and adds a wealth of enterprise virtualization functionality.

XCP Benefits for Ubuntu Users:

  • Ubuntu users can get started with Xen and stay up-to-date through the native Ubuntu package management system and update service
  • Ubuntu users are now able to make use of enterprise virtualization functionality such as Host Pools, Storage Repositories, Performance Monitoring, Host Plugins, Guest VM Templates and Open vSwitch integration (for a detailed list see the XCP feature matrix).
  • Ubuntu users can interact with Xen through the powerful Xen API (XAPI), with its host of integrations and tools.
  • Ubuntu users can now customize XCP to their needs, whereas traditionally XCP appliances only utilized pre-defined configurations. For example users can now choose the latest versions of the Xen Hypervisor, Open vSwitch, Python other software in their Ubuntu Dom 0.

For more information see the XCP-API package and documentation. This is just the beginning: XCP in Ubuntu will evolve with the help of our user and developer communities. You can influence the direction of XCP in Ubuntu by attending the XCP design and Xen design session at Ubuntu Developer Summit – Q.

Supporting Quotes:

The inclusion of XCP into Ubuntu lets users keep up to date with Xen with a single command.” said Paul Oh, Director of Business Development at Canonical. “The combination of Xen and Ubuntu offers a compelling combination of performance and security for the Cloud that Ubuntu users will find very compelling.

The collaboration between the Xen and Ubuntu communities was a great example of the power of open source. XCP-XAPI packages in Ubuntu will enable Ubuntu users to build Xen based clouds more easily.“ said Mark Heath, VP of Products for XenServer at Citrix. “As we continue to integrate and optimize Xen and XCP with Ubuntu, we look forward to meeting our users needs and helping to evolve better solutions for cloud.

I am pleased that project Kronos, which was started five months ago, has delivered XCP into Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS. Until now, it was only possible to use XCP in Linux appliances within a tightly controlled environment. In Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS we changed how users interact with XCP, providing much more flexibility and enabling anybody to use Ubuntu as a XCP Dom0 kernel.” said Lars Kurth, Community Manager, Xen.org. “I am also very excited about the possibilities this opens to build CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and OpenStack powered clouds on Ubuntu and XCP-XAPI.

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About Lars Kurth

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.