Citrix Systems Announces Additions to OpenCloud Platform

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At the VMworld 2010 Conference Citrix Systems announces expanded capabilities for its OpenCloud platform, including increased interoperability and virtualization management through its acquisition of VMLogix

Virtual computing solutions specialist Citrix Systems debuted several additions to its OpenCloud infrastructure platform for cloud providers, including open lifecycle management, open cloud interoperability and open cloud networking. In addition, the company announced it has signed an agreement to acquire VMLogix, a provider of virtualization management for private and public clouds.

The acquisition of VMLogix is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010. A company release stated the deal would add lifecycle management capabilities to the OpenCloud platform and allow Citrix to add an intuitive, self-service interface to its XenServer virtualization platform, a major component of the OpenCloud framework. The company said this would enable users to access and manage their own virtual computing resources in on-premise private cloud environments, similar to virtual services provided by large public clouds such as Amazon or Rackspace.

"At Citrix, we believe in providing choice as a fundamental driver for enterprises and cloud providers to truly drive cloud economics. This isn’t about giving customers the ability to buy the same offering from multiple sources – it’s about providing them the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of cloud services designed around an open framework that encourages both innovation and interoperability while optimizing cost," said Citrix’s group vice president and general manager of networking and cloud product group Klaus Oestermann. "With the expanded capabilities of the OpenCloud platform for lifecycle management, cloud interoperability and cloud networking, we are further delivering on our core belief to provide true choice for our customers."

The VMLogix acquisition will add open virtual lifecycle automation and self-service capabilities to virtualization platforms, helping IT teams to build, share and deploy production-like environments on-demand in both private and public clouds, and migrate virtual workloads between production stages. Citrix will also be integrating the Citrix OpenCloud infrastructure platform with OpenStack, the open-source orchestration and management technology it is co-developing with Rackspace, NASA, Dell, and other technology and cloud service providers.

Jim Curry, general manager of OpenStack, said by embracing OpenStack cloud software, Citrix is demonstrating a great testament to the power of the open model and Citrix has shown "tremendous support" for that model by contributing development resources to ensure XenServer compatibility with OpenStack. "We are excited to see an OpenStack-powered solution for enterprises integrated with the XenCenter management console," he said. "We think this is just the start of many advances that will be built on OpenStack and we welcome Citrix and the rest of the tech world to use this powerful model to advance the world of cloud computing."

The OpenCloud platform will also be adding virtual switching capabilities that leverage the Open vSwitch project, and support the OpenFlow protocol, an industry standard that pools the resources of per-host virtual switches to create a distributed, policy-controlled cloud fabric. These capabilities are designed to enable rich packet processing capabilities at the network edge, according to a company release.