Citrix aims to simplify mixed virtual environments

Citrix Systems has announced Project Kensho, a set of upcoming tools which will allow virtual environments to become more hypervisor independent.

Citrix Systems has announced Project Kensho, a set of tools that will allow virtual environments to be more independent of hypervisors.

A technical preview of the tools will be available for download before the end of the third quarter. The tools allow portable application workloads to be created and run across Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX based virtual environments.

Doing this will solve a multitude of issues with interoperability between different platforms, while allowing automated provisioning of applications, rather than just virtual machines, according to Citrix.

Making it easier for enterprises to run a mixed environment will become increasingly important as virtualization becomes a more mainstream technology. "Every large customer I talk to doesn't want to bet the farm on just one vendor," said Simon Crosby, the CTO of the Virtualization and Management Division at Citrix, in a recent interview.

Project Kensho will also allow Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage XenServer, according to Citrix.

Nathaniel Martinez, program director in IDC's European System Infrastructure Solutions Group, says this should give enterprises more freedom, and he agrees with Crosby that most enterprises will at some point start using more than one platform. But he also questions whether vendors will be able to handle licensing without making it overly complicated for users, and if the same features for reliability, availability and security will be in place.

Supporting Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESX casts a wide net, but there are also other virtualization platforms and vendors, including Sun, Oracle and Red Hat, which are not mentioned in the Citrix announcement.

Project Kensho is based on the OVF (Open Virtual Machine Format), which was originally co-authored by XenSource (which Citrix acquired) and VMware. After some help from Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell it was turned over to the DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force), and in September 2007 the standards organization announced it had accepted a draft specification of OVF.

OVF uses existing packaging tools to combine one or more virtual machines together with a standards-based XML (Extensible Markup Language) wrapper, giving the virtualization platform a portable package containing all required installation and configuration parameters for the virtual machines. This allows any virtualization platform that implements the standard to correctly install and run the virtual machines, according to the DMTF.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?