The spirit of open source technologies has transformed IT over the last decade, including the world of virtualization which drives cloud computing.
When Virtual Internet became the first web host in the UK to simultaneously deploy VMware enterprise servers and OnApp Xen PAYG servers, it did so with the knowledge that cloud computing would help drive down costs and complexity for corporate and business users.
The selection of the OnApp Xen PAYG platform in particular was strategically designed to take advantage of the open-source initiatives in enterprise-ready virtualization, which began as a research project at Cambridge University and found further flourish under the commercial reigns of Onapp.com which now supplies over 150 hosting companies worldwide with enterprise-level cloud technology.
OnApp Xen PAYG allows enterprises to deploy customizable virtual machines while web-based control panels let users easily manage servers, resources, VMs, permissions, billing and more, with just a few clicks.
Built upon the open-source Xen multi-hypervisor technology, security is maintained by isolating virtual machines and maximizing resources "on-demand".
Flexible user interfaces, utility billing and low costs to entry are the hallmark of the OnApp Xen servers driving new private and public clouds on the Virtual Internet platform.
Meanwhile, the spirit of open-source innovation continues with the recent announcement that Xen.org has released the first full version of Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) after 16 months of internal development.
The new software includes Xen Hypervisor version 3.4.2 and full VM protection and recovery via configured scheduled snapshots.
“XCP addresses the needs of cloud providers by combining the isolation and multi-tenancy capabilities of the Xen hypervisor with enhanced security, storage and network virtualization technologies to offer a rich set of virtual infrastructure cloud services,” said the Xen.org site.
“The platform also address user requirements for security, availability, performance and isolation across both private and public clouds.”
Interestingly, it has full support for Openstack Bexar Release, which aims to “deliver massively scalable cloud operating systems through a collection of open source technologies.”
This means that the Xen Hypervisor and XCP are part of an end-to-end open source software stack covering all components from the bare metal to cloud orchestration software.
XCP was originally derived from Citrix XenServer. Today, the XCP code is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL2) and is available at no charge in both source and binary format.
“XCP is, and always will be, open sourced, uniting the industry and the Xen ecosystem to speed the adoption of virtualization and cloud technologies and actively works with open source and open standards to help solve challenges in cloud mobility.”
If you’re interested in deploying a cloud strategy for your organization contact Virtual Internet to discuss OnApp Xen Servers as a potential solution for your company. You will find out about the ability to launch and kill servers on-demand and deploy heavyweight remote data centers. Also explore other interesting avenues, including the ability to slice-and-dice CPU, RAM and disk space to help mold the perfect data center.