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The Citrix answer to VMworld about cloud computing

September 5, 2009

Few days ago Citrix announced many interestings news, as to mitigate the customers impact of the information that would arrive this week from its direct competitor VMware during VMworld 2009. I remember that VMware conference this year have a major focus on cloud computing.
Paul Maritz, Vmware CEO, announced the beta version of VMware vCloud™ Express, that provides reliable, on-demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure as a service. It is delivered by leading VMware service provider partners, as we can see at this link.
At the Terremark site (it is one of those service provider), we can see how their solution outclasses the Amazon Xen-based Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2).
The revelation of vCloud™ Express was made by the Forbes site just 2 days before the official announce made by VMware CEO while Citrix made some announce about cloud computing just the day of VMworld opening.
On 31th August “Xen.org, the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, formally announced the Xen® Cloud Platform (XCP) initiative – a powerful new community-led effort to build on the growing leadership of the Xen hypervisor in today’s cloud, and deliver a secure and proven open source infrastructure platform for the federated cloud services of tomorrow. The Xen Cloud Platform will accelerate the use of cloud infrastructure for enterprise customers by providing open source virtual infrastructure technology that makes it easy for service providers to deliver secure, customizable, multi-tenant cloud services that work seamlessly with the virtualized application workloads customers are already running in their internal datacenters and private clouds, without locking them into any particular vendor”, as we can read from the Citrix news website .
XCP will also integrate the Open vSwitch, an open source virtual switch which offers features similar to the ones provided by the Cisco Nexus 1000V in VMware vSphere 4.0.
Some XCP’s features are the following:
* Broad interoperability across disparate virtualization platforms.
* Support for new and existing applications.
* Federated computing capacity.
* Standardized virtualization management.
* Rich virtual networking capabilities.
* Cloud-scale virtual storage infrastructures.
For more information about these last points and about XCP in general you can read the aforementioned Citrix news website and this post from Alessandro Perilli’s blog.

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