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Citrix' Project Kensho To Create Hypervisor-Independent Application Workloads
Delivering Open Virtual Machine Formation Tools that Will Let ISVs Create Hypervisor-independent Application Workloads

Citrix on Tuesday announced Project Kensho, which is supposed to deliver Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) tools that will let ISVs and enterprise IT folk create portable hypervisor-independent enterprise application workloads that should run across XenServer, Hyper-V and VMware ESX virtual environments.

Citrix is expecting to have a free technical preview for download in September.

OVF is a Distributed Management Task Force standard, originally co-authored by Citrix and VMware, with contributions from Dell, HP, IBM and Microsoft, and Kensho should package up a complete application workload as a secure, portable, pre-configured open standard virtual appliance.

Citrix claims it will solve a “multitude” of interoperability issues between virtualization platforms and automate the provisioning and management of applications rather than just virtual machines.

Users will be able to move workloads around.

XenServer includes APIs that allow any DMTF-compliant management tools – like Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager – to manage it.

About Maureen O'Gara
Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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