Semiconductor Company Leverages Networking and Security Legacy To Advance Xen Project Hypervisor on ARM® Roadmap
SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2014–The Xen Project Collaborative Project hosted at the Linux Foundation today announced Cavium, Inc., (NASDAQ: CAVM), a semiconductor products company to enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, as a new Xen Project Advisory Board member.
While availability of low-power processors hold great promise for cloud operators with variable workloads, IT professionals are grappling with how to best scale, optimize IT and minimize power and expenses with web and data-driven applications. As an Advisory Board member, Cavium will help address these market challenges by enhancing Xen Project virtualization on ARM-based servers.
Available in the latest Xen Project hypervisor release, the software’s lean architecture is perfectly suited to ARM architecture-based solutions for data center applications, energy-efficient cloud operations as well as embedded applications.
“Xen Project virtualization is at the heart of our new ThunderX™ SoC Family targeted at users needing easier deployment, lower downtime and improved management and utilization,” said Larry Wikelius, Director Thunder Ecosystems and Partner Enablement at Cavium. “Xen Project software is proven in the cloud and first to market with ARM support. Collaboration with the open Xen Project community will be extremely valuable as data centers evolve in the future.”
Cavium’s efforts will complement a growing community of Xen Project developers from ARM, Applied Micro, Broadcom, and GlobalLogic, among others, already contributing to ARM support. Beyond server applications, Xen Project virtualization on ARM is being piloted in embedded, automotive, aviation and mobile/Android applications where reduced costs, increased efficiency and improved performance also offer significant competitive advantage.
“Developing high-performance multicore processors and software, Cavium has vast experience serving the cloud and data center markets, which will be an asset as we focus on improving performance and hardware support for ARM,” said Lars Kurth, Xen Project Advisory Board Chairman. “Cavium’s investment in the open Xen Project hypervisor will also help ensure hardware and software compatibility to best optimize new workloads and hyperscale applications with ARM-based servers.”
The fifth Xen Project Advisory Board member named since becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, Cavium joins ARM, NetApp, Rackspace and Verizon Terremark as the newest companies to invest in the open source hypervisor. The Xen Project Advisory Board is comprised of companies who are committed to the market and technical success of Xen Project software. Member companies provide financial support, technical contributions, and set high-level policy decisions.
About Xen Project
Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. A Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications including server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. It counts many industry and open source community leaders among its members including: Amazon Web Services, AMD, ARM, Bromium, CA Technologies, Cavium, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, Oracle, Rackspace, and Verizon Terremark. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit XenProject.org.
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