XCP-ng: A turnkey open source virtualization platform
What is XCP-ng?
XCP-ng is a virtualization platform based on Xen Source and Citrix® Hypervisor (formerly XenServer). XCP-ng stands for Xen Cloud Platform - New Generation and is a tribute to the old Open Source project XCP, which was abandoned when XenServer was open-sourced in 2013.
- 2003 : Xen project birth, first open source hypervisor
- 2007 : Xen Source Inc. acquired by Citrix, birth of XenServer (closed source)
- 2010 : Citrix strategy focused on virtual desktop (XenApp/XenDesktop) instead of server virtualization
- 2011 : XCP 1.0 (Xen Cloud Platform, Open Source XenServer)
- 2013 : XenServer becomes Open (end of XCP). Birth of Xen Orchestra
- 2017 (Dec) : Citrix changes their pricing strategy regarding XenServer and removes essential features from free XenServer versions. New features developed are (mostly) no longer open source
- 2018 (Jan) : XenServer forked, birth of XCP-ng
- 2019 (Jul): XCP-ng 8.0 is released
XCP-ng is a turnkey open source virtualization platform.
A combination of multiple components to deliver a cohesive solution
Compute + Network + Storage + API (Xen API) = XCP-ng
XCP-ng is open source (mostly GPLv2), but also, all the components, documentation, repositories and dev process are publicly available and easily accessible.
- XCP-ng is intended to be easy to download and easy to install
- We are aiming to have the largest possible hardware compatibility
- XCP-ng embeds a complete API and comes with a friendly web-UI: Xen Orchestra
We have extensive documentation for the XCP-ng project available here
Contribution and community
XCP-ng has a living community that you can join on our forum.
For production environments and companies, we recommend obtaining pro support to cover your infrastructure. Pro support is delivered directly by the XCP-ng project dev team and pricing is per host, not per core!
Learn more about pro support for XCP-ng on the dedicated website.