Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Citrix XenServer Certified at EAL2 Common Criteria

Back in April we discussed XenServer's recent submission to the Common Criteria (CC) scheme. Based upon previous evaluations, we predicted a 6-month end-to-end process. True to form the guys at SiVenture have delivered on time.

As is common with other virtualization technologies that have been through the CC process, the investigation work centered around separation of virtual machines, their memory, virtual disks, and execution on the CPU(s). The method of secure administration was also investigated.

This is good news particularly for those UK Government buyers who need a CC approved virtualization platform that will help to reduce OPEX through lower power consumption and CAPEX though XenServer's lower license cost.

There is going to be a lot more white space on this chart in 2011-2012 than there was in 2007-2008 when it was compiled, so a lower-cost method of virtualization will be a welcome addition to the procurement department's product list.