The Xen Project™ – hosted by Xen.org – is the home for several virtualization related open source
projects and XEN PROJECT is the new name for the XEN open source community.
The Xen Project™ develops virtualization technologies powering the
world's largest clouds in production and
is the foundation of many commercial
products. Technology developed by the Xen Project™ powers public clouds such as Amazon Web Services,
Rackspace Public Cloud and many others. Examples of Xen based server products include Huawei UVP,
Oracle VM and XenServer. Examples of client products and appliances include QubesOS, XenClient
and Netscaler. The Xen Project™ is 10 years old, and the technology it
has created is mature and its stability and versatility is second to none.
The Xen Project™ has created a number of open source technologies for specific purposes:
- The Xen® Hypervisor is the open source standard for hardware virtualization and the
foundation for all solutions hosted on Xen.org. — Learn More
- The Xen Cloud Platform is an enterprise-ready virtualization platform based on the
Xen® Hypervisor, adding further functionality and many integrations for cloud, storage
and networking solutions. — Learn More
- Xen ARM is a Xen based Hypervisor that targets embedded and mobile devices on
the ARM architecture. — Learn More
If you are unsure, which Xen project is best for you, you may want to read the
Xen Overview document which introduces Xen's
architecture, components and some of the key choices you will have to make.
Software hosted on Xen.org is, and always will be, open source. The code is licensed under the
GNU General Public License (GPL2). For more
information check the Xen.org legal page. Projects hosted on
Xen.org are developed by a world-wide community of individuals from around the globe that follow a
governance process based on openness, transparency and meritocracy.
Xen Hackathon, Dublin, May 16 & 17
I am pleased to announce the next Xen Hackathon. The Hackathon will be hosted by
the Ganeti team at Google and takes place on May 16-17, 2013 at Google's offices in
More information ...
Xen Events: Save the dates!
We are still establishing the Xen event calendar for 2013. We are also looking for a vendor who would like to host a XenSummit in the US in May or June, 2013.
Please contact community.manager at xen.org, if you would like to host a XenSummit.
However, the following dates and locations have been agreed already. More information to follow in due course:
- XenSummit EU, Edinburgh, UK: October 24 & 25
FOSDEM '13, February 2 & 3, Brussels, Belgium
Check out our FOSDEM Event Report.
Also check out George Dunlap's presentation on Securing your cloud with Xen's advanced security features
XenSummit North America 2012
XenSummit has been a tremendous success this year. Thank you to all theMay 16 & 17 speakers
for contributing and to all the attendees for making XenSummit an interactive and fun conference with lots of discussions. You can find
presentations on slideshare and videos on vimeo.
We will also embedded both in the agenda. The slides are also available for download as
It is becoming a little bit of a XenSummit tradition that our large users such as AWS and Google
shared how they use Xen at XenSummits. This year, Chris Behrens from RackSpace cloud talked
about Scaling Xen within Rackspace Cloud Servers:
Check out the presentation!
Xen at OSCON 2012
Check out the presentations and videos from our Xen and XCP tutorial with presentations from
George Dunlap, Josh West, Patrick F. Wilbur and Steven Maresca.
Mike McClurg, the XCP project gives an update on the Xen Cloud Platform project.
Ian Campbell, Ian Jackson and Thomas Goirand talked about Xen, XCP and related topics at DebConf this year. Check out the following videos:
Xen and Debian: Past, Present & Future,
Incompatibility and pain - a perspective from Xen upstream and
Cloud Computing on Debian.
NetBSD 6.0_BETA binaries available for testing
Amazon EC2 cloud is made up of almost half-a-million Linux servers running Xen
Internap launches first Openstack cloud using XCP
Xen wins InfoWorld's 2011 BOSSIE Award
Latest Product Releases
Travel Stipends for Presenters
If you have something to say about Xen – as a developer or user – and would like to submit Xen talks, but cannot afford the travel,
please contact community.manager at xen.org before you submit a talk proposal. We can usually find a company in the Xen eco-system
that will sponsor talks given by community members.
Linaro Connect: Introduction to Xen on ARM
With the introduction of virtualization extensions on ARM processors, the Xen community has taken steps
to add ARM support for ARM CPUs to the Xen Hypervisor. This port is executed as part of of the Hypervisor
project, with no separate codebase.
Xen engineers describe the key challenges they have overcome, current technical status and discuss
the next steps.
Scale 11x : Virtualization with Xen and XCP