Intel Hybrid Cloud platform early units adopt XenServer in place of Hyper-V

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, September 30th, 2010   |  

When Intel announced its Hybrid Cloud platform in July, cloudcomputing.info published an article to clarify if it’s really a cloud computing technology or not:

The Intel Hybrid Cloud is a physical server (a Lenovo ThinkServer TS200v or a white label machine that meets the hardware requirements) that Managed Service Providers (MSP) can buy and deploy at a customer’s site.
MSPs remotely control the server out-of-band by leveraging the Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) 6.0, part of the vPro technology.

Inside the server there’s Microsoft Hyper-V, ready to serve a number of pre-configured and pre-deployed virtual machines, including Windows Server and Small Business Server (SBS) 2008, firewall, backup, disaster recovery, VoIP PBX and other software platforms. Additional applications provided by Intel partners will be published through a software catalog. The MSPs will be able to preinstall their own applications inside the server to differentiate the offering.

Now that the first prototypes are being sent to the customers, there’s an interesting change: the underlying hypervisor powering Hybrid Cloud is not Hyper-V but Citrix XenServer.

A video showing the unboxing of a unit provides the necessary evidence:

YouTube Preview Image

Inquired about the difference, Intel confirms:

Hyper-v is on the roadmap. POC & Pilot are based on XenServer as of now.

The change raises a few questions. The most obvious one is why Hyper-V is not used as originally announced by the company. But there are a couple even more interesting:

  1. Did Intel acquire Neocleus to cut any dependency from 3rd party vendors and be able to develop a hypervisor that is uniquely tailored for Hybrid Cloud?
  2. Did Intel acquire McAfee to integrate its security solutions in Hybrid Cloud and offer out-of-the-box security to the targeted enterprise and SMB customers?


blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Microsoft releases technical preview for VMware workload support by Azure Site Recovery

March 30th, 2015

Last week Microsoft announced new features for its Azure Backup solution. Azure Backup is a Microsoft solution which protects files and folders by providing multiple copies in multiple geographies….

Red Hat announces Q4 2014 earnings

March 30th, 2015

On March 25 Red Hat announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Total revenue for the first quarter ended February 28, 2015 was $464 million, with an increase…

Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.26

March 25th, 2015

Oracle has released a new version of its virtualization platform VM Virtualbox. Version 4.3.26 is considered a maintenance release which can be installed on top of version 4.3. The update…

Paper: Virtual SAN 6.0 Performance: Scalability and Best Practices

March 25th, 2015

VMware has released a paper titled: "Virtual SAN 6.0 Performance: Scalability and Best Practices". The paper which contains 23 pages investigates how VMware Virtual SAN performs and scales for multiple…

Release: Parallels Virtuozzo 6.0

March 23rd, 2015

Parallels today announced a new version of its container and hardware virtualization platform Virtuozzo. Appearantly the product was renamed earlier to Parallels Cloud Server, but with this version Parallels decided…

Release: VMware Horizon 6.1

March 18th, 2015

VMware last week released version 6.1 of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC) platform Horizon. Version 6.1 is the follow up of version 6 which was…

Book: Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking

March 18th, 2015

Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking“. The book which contains 236 pages provides a step-by-step guide for a…

Microsoft hires former Forrester Analyst as Cloud Chief Strategist

March 18th, 2015

Today, March 17, Microsoft disclosed that the former Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research: James Staten, was elected as chief strategist for its Cloud & Enterprise group. Staten…

VMware announces support for CoreS on vSphere 5.5. and vCloud Air

March 11th, 2015

VMware has announced that it now supports CoreOS on both vSphere 5.5. and vCloud Air. CoreOS is a Linux distribution designed to provide minimal functionality required for deploying applications inside…

Paper: VMware vSphere 6 and Oracle Database Scalability Study

March 11th, 2015

VMware has released a paper titled:"VMware vSphere 6 and Oracle Database Scalability Study". The paper which contains 12 pages details the outcome of a series of tests to demonstrate the…

Book: Microsoft Azure Essentials – Azure Automation

March 11th, 2015

Microsoft has published a free ebook titled:”Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation“. The book which contains 113 pages introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using…

Release: Unidesk Corporation Unidesk 3.0

March 11th, 2015

Unidesk Corporation, provider of layering software for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments yesterday released version 3.0 of Unidesk. The Unidesk layering solution provides a way to divide a disk image…

SimpliVity raises $175M in Series D Funding

March 11th, 2015

SimpliVity, is one of the competitors in the crowdy hyperconverged infrastructure and a data architecture market. Yesterdat the company announced that it has closed a $175 million Series D…

GigaOM shuts down

March 10th, 2015

Today it’s a sad day for the world of the information technology websites, a very well known name on the scene, GigaOM, just announced that it is shutting down…

 
Monthly Archive