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Xen Orchestra 5.14

Happy Halloween release 🎃 🎃 🎃 You can now manage your vGPUs directly in Xen Orchestra. We also added numerous UI improvements and bug fixes.

Oh and by the way, we are also officially Citrix Solution Advisor! We are glad to improve our partnership with Citrix every day :)

You can even find us on the official Citrix marketplace.

GPU management

Nowadays, GPU are more and more used for a lot of tasks, even in the pure server world and not only in remote desktop usage. GPU computing is obviously a big thing and able to realize some tasks 10 to 100 times faster than traditional CPUs.

vGPUs

Despite it's been a while since Xen knows how to manage multiple vCPUs (it's a "simple" scheduling thing), managing vGPUs is newer. Like for CPUs, you can use "parts" of a physical GPU in multiple VMs. So your GPU compute time is scheduled across your VMs. Here is as example using Nvidia GRID technology:

So you can enjoy all the GPU capabilities in the VM, like if you had direct access to the whole GPU in the "bare metal" way.

UI for vGPUs

We exposed GPU capabilities of XenServer, and as usual, in the easiest way possible for you to use it.

Pool view

We list the GPU group:

gpugroups

Host view

We display the physical GPU in the host:

host_view

VM view

If you don't have any vGPU in your VM:

vmnogpu

You can add a new one:

vmaddgpu

vpdisplaygpu2

It's also displayed in VM general tab:

vmdisplaygpu

VM creation

You can also create a vGPU directly at VM creation:

vm_create_vgpu

UI improvements

VM snapshot description

Pretty straightforward but useful:

Continuous replication time

Date are usually added at the end of the replicate VM name. But the granularity was days only, which isn't enough when you replicate a VM every hour for example. That's why we added a more precise date (using UTC based on ISO 8601 but more compact):

This VM was replicated at 4:16PM, 4:17PM and 4:18PM UTC, the same day (October 26)

Sort VMs by number of snapshots

We never thought that would be so helpful! You can now sort your VMs by their number of snapshots:

Display XS version in host view

Simple but also very useful: you can now easily spot which host got which XS version (here: v7.1 and others with v7.2):

What's next?

We are currently working on a major improvement under the hood on the backup side. This will allow us to make significant progress on Cloud backup and Backup proxies. Also, XOSAN will be commercially release in the next weeks!