Proxmox 2.0 feature list

Martin Maurer sent an email to the Proxmox users mailing list detailing some of the features that we can expect from the next iteration of Proxmox VE. Martin expects that the first public beta release of the 2.x branch will be ready for use sometime around the second quarter of this year.

Here are some of the highlights currently slated for this release:

  • Complete new GUI
    • based on Ext JS 4 JavaScript framework
    • fast search-driven interface, capable of handling hundreds and probably thousands of VM´s
    • secure VNC console, supporting external VNC viewer with SSL support
    • role based permission management for all objects (VM´s, storages, nodes, etc.)
    • Support for multiple authenication sources (e.g. local, MS ADS, LDAP, …)
  • Based on Debian 6.0 Squeeze
    • longterm 2.6.32 Kernel with KVM and OpenVZ as default
    • second kernel branch with 2.6.x, KVM only
  • New cluster communication based on corosync, including:
    • Proxmox Cluster file system (pmcfs): Database-driven file system for storing configuration files, replicated in realtime on all nodes using corosync
    • creates multi-master clusters (no single master anymore!)
    • cluster-wide logging
    • basis for HA setup´s with KVM guests
  • RESTful web API
    • Ressource Oriented Architecture (ROA)
    • declarative API definition using JSON Schema
    • enable easy integration for third party management tools
  • Planned technology previews (CLI only)
    • spice protocol (remote display system for virtualized desktops)
    • sheepdog (distributed storage system)
  • Commitment to Free Software (FOSS): public code repository and bug tracker for the 2.x code base
    • Topics for future releases
      • Better resource monitoring
      • IO limits for VM´s
      • Extend pre-built Virtual Appliances downloads, including KVM appliances

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