Archived/XCP Roadmap

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XCP Release Timeline

For previous releases see: XCP_Release_History

Here is a rough guide to future releases.

XCP 1.5

Status: Permanent Beta Last updated: 14th February 2012 Next status update due: Unknown

XCP 1.5 is version-compatible with XenServer 6.0. It's the first XCP release to be based on Xen 4.1. We have some internal work to do both on our build system and xapi before we can release XCP 1.5, but after we complete this work it will be much easier for us to release stable versions of XCP along with XenServer stable releases. This means that after these changes, there won't be any more long delays between XCP stable releases and XenServer releases.

Features that will likely make it into XCP 1.5:

  • Xen hypervisor 4.1
  • vSwitch is the default networking stack
  • Ubuntu guest support
  • Debian Squeeze guest support (32b/64bit)
  • Updated RHEL 6.0 support
  • Experimental SLES 10 SP4 support
  • Experimental Solaris guest support
  • Active-Passive NIC Bonding Support for vSwitch
  • Rolling Pool Upgrade improvements

XCP 1.6

Status: Under Development Last updated: 2nd August 2012 Next status update due: End of September

XCP 1.6 will be version-compatible with XenS

Features are likely to include:

  • Storage XenMotion (cross pool live migration and live VDI migration)
  • Enhanced guest support: Ubuntu 12.04, CentOS/REL 6.2, Windows 8
  • Updates: Xen 4.1.2,, CentOS 5.7
  • Open vSwitch 1.4.2
  • LACP bonding
  • Performance and scalability improvements
    • Ability to pin Dom0 vCPU
    • Up to 4 VM starts can now be concurrent
  • IPv6 support (experimental)

Possible features for future XCP releases


  • Cross-pool VM.migrate / VM.copy
  • IPV6 support
  • "Shard" the pool metadata db


  • v4v for non-IP inter-domain comms
  • Detect pending updates for appliances

Performance and Scalability

  • Expose NUMA topology via XenAPI
  • Stubdoms for intensive ops (eg VM export)


  • Enable Xen Security Modules
  • Pvgrub (or pygrub in helper domain)