Red Hat Drops Xen Hypervisor for KVM

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 4, 2010


Red Hat's decision to drop the Xen hypervisor from its enterprise Linux software and focus on the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) hypervisor instead doesn't seem to faze Citrix CTO, Simon Crosby. As reported in this Tech World article, KVM is a relative newcomer in the open source portion of the virtualization market, but has had a few notable successes.


Citrix CTO said he is unfazed by Red Hat's decision to drop the Xen hypervisor from its enterprise Linux software.

"'To be perfectly honest it's a relief,' said Crosby, who was CTO at XenSource before the virtualization vendor was purchased by Citrix. 'Look, KVM is a simple way for a distro to pick up virtualization. It's just a driver in the kernel. So it's natural for a Linux distributor to put it in, it's straightforward.'

"Xen doesn't need special standing within Linux distributions because it goes well beyond what Crosby calls the simple virtualization capabilities of the KVM hypervisor, which has been included in Linux since 2007. Xen is more technology-agnostic than KVM, Crosby said during an interview this week at the Interop Las Vegas tech conference."

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