The future of XenServer: Dundee
Citrix just announced the availability of XenServer Dundee Beta 1. So we are moving toward to a release of this brand new XenServer.
What does it mean in concrete terms? Let's explore it.
It works flawlessly with Xen Orchestra, and more: it will be even better. Why better?
- Better: less bugs in XAPI with JSON-RPC
- Faster: full JSON-RPC support
- Stronger: XAPI isolation via control groups (cgroups)
Xen Orchestra connected to a Dundee host, with the host console.
Another good news? Maybe Storage Repositories (SR) metrics via RRDs (I didn't verify it for the Beta 1, I'll keep you posted!)
Super easy installation
I experienced some difficulties with previous versions for install XenServer from an USB drive.
dd if=XenServer-6.6.90-install-cd.iso of=/dev/sdd
And you're done! This is really great.
Under the hood
XenServer Dundee Beta 1 come with:
- CentOS 7 for the Dom0
- Better Dom0 disk usage
- UEFI boot support
- NFSv4 and FCoE support for SR
- UEFI Support
- Xen 4.6
Xen 4.6? Hell yeah! What about PVH guest support? I don't know for now, but be sure I'll dig on this topic. Is it enough mature to be in XenServer? We'll see.
Update: no stable guest PVH in Xen 4.6, so maybe next time ;)
From the original article of xenserver.org:
[thanks to cgroups] VM start operations no longer block as before resulting in VM start times being much more equitable. This same optimization can be seen in other VM operations such as when large quantities of VMs are shutdown.
Is it real? Let's try it!
On my small test machine, with a slow HDD SR, I booted a lot of (26x) small Debian VMs:
By the way, just check the start during the boot of all of them:
Let's shutdown them at once! See the stats:
- With XenServer 6.5 (Creedence): 72 seconds
- With XenServer Dundee: 37 seconds
So roughly, Dundee is twice as fast for "shutdown storm" as Creedence!
For sure, I'll run more benchmarks as soon as I can, but really: XenServer Dundee will be a great (the best?) release.