What is Xen?
It is a hypervisor using a microkernel design, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently. It was developed by the Linux Foundation and is supported by Intel.
Xen is a tool in the Virtualization Platform category of a tech stack.
Xen is an open source tool with 512 GitHub stars and 306 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Xen's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Xen?
28 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Xen.
Kubernetes, AWS Lambda, Datadog, Spring Data, and Azure Kubernetes Service are some of the popular tools that integrate with Xen. Here's a list of all 6 tools that integrate with Xen.
- Xen 4.10 or Newer
- Toolstack and Tools
- Interoperability / Hardware Support
- Device Models and Virtual Firmware.
Xen Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Xen?
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KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.
VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
When used as a machine emulator, it can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performance. When used as a virtualizer, it achieves near native performance by executing the guest code directly on the host CPU. it supports virtualization when executing under the Xen hypervisor or using the KVM kernel module in Linux. When using KVM, it can virtualize x86, server and embedded PowerPC, 64-bit POWER, S390, 32-bit and 64-bit ARM, and MIPS guests.
It is a leading virtualization management platform optimized for application, desktop and server virtualization infrastructures. It is used in the world's largest clouds and enterprises.