Project Olympus is comprised of two primary components: a Citrix-certified version of OpenStack and a Cloud-optimized version of Citrix XenServer. Both versions incorporate Xen technology, the virtualization platform of choice in more than 80 percent of the public Cloud today.
Project Olympus will support a wide range of infrastructure, management and development solutions, making it easy for customers to expand and build on it. Reinforcing the Citrix commitment to customer choice, Project Olympus will also support Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, just like it does in the desktop virtualization space with its market-leading Citrix XenDesktop product line.
Project Olympus is perfect for public Cloud providers who want to focus their attention on providing differentiation and innovation, rather than recreating core Cloud infrastructure. It is also ideal for enterprise customers who want to build private Clouds with all the efficiency and flexibility that make the real Cloud so transformative.
Project Olympus is a key new addition to the Citrix open Cloud computing portfolio. It complements the recently announced Citrix NetScaler Cloud Gateway, which gives IT an easy, unified way to orchestrate the delivery of any mix of SaaS, web and Windows apps to end users, and NetScaler Cloud Bridge, which gives IT unlimited capacity by seamlessly and securely extending any data centre to any external Cloud service.
In addition to complementing NetScaler Cloud Gateway and Cloud Bridge, Project Olympus will come pre-integrated with the Citrix Cloud Networking fabric to ensure Cloud applications and services are delivered with the best performance, security and reliability. It will also enable customers to fully leverage virtual switching and intelligent L4-7 capabilities in Networking-as-a-Service models.
Project Olympus will begin shipping later this year. For customers who want to begin pilots and proof-of-concept deployments today, Citrix is also introducing the Citrix Project Olympus Early Access Programme, with key support from fellow OpenStack founding members, Dell and Rackspace. The programme provides a sneak peek into the upcoming Citrix solution and helps customers get everything they need to start building scalable Clouds today.
To help customers get started, Dell and Rackspace are offering certified solutions for the Early Access Programme, including:
Project Olympus is a game-changing new solution that provides:
Sameer Dholakia, VP of Product Marketing, Datacenter and Cloud Division, Citrix, stated: "Public Clouds like Amazon and Rackspace have set the bar for how real Clouds should be built, yet many vendors want to force-fit the Cloud into existing server virtualization architecture, giving customers more of an imitation Cloud. Citrix believes it is time to leverage the open source community to bring Cloud to a new level of innovation with a solution that brings the open, elastic, scale-out infrastructures of leading IaaS Clouds to private Clouds. There was no better project to help bring Project Olympus to fruition than OpenStack, with its dedicated industry support, rich ecosystem and rapid pace of innovation."
John Igoe, Executive Director of Development Engineering, Dell, stated: "Dell has been a part of the OpenStack initiative since the beginning. We've participated in the community by providing reference architectures, optimized PowerEdge C servers, and innovative software to meet growing customer demand for an open-source based Cloud. By providing Cloud-enabled versions of Xen and XenServer, Citrix is augmenting and strengthening OpenStack, helping drive new solutions that make it easier to accelerate virtualization and Cloud deployments alike. This is just the first step. Dell, RackSpace and Citrix will continue collaborating closely to drive new innovative Cloud offerings and solutions."
Jim Curry, General Manager, Rackspace Cloud Builders, stated: "The momentum behind OpenStack is growing rapidly, and we are seeing enterprises and service providers hungry to deploy OpenStack-based clouds. Having a certified, OpenStack distribution from an industry leader like Citrix will provide a further rallying point for the ecosystem and help drive adoption with service providers and enterprises looking for a trusted, commercial software provider to stand behind this mission-critical piece of infrastructure software."
Early Access Programme customers will receive Citrix Project Olympus beta software free of charge. Project Olympus - including the Citrix-certified version of OpenStack and a Cloud-optimized version of the popular Citrix XenServer - will be generally available later this year.