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Virtualization and Linux: Red Hat unveils new vision

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | June 8, 2008
The Red Hat move that will catch the eye of most users is the Embedded Linux Hypervisor, oVirt.

Red Hat's new work in virtualization security is perhaps the least mature of the trio of technologies. Still, Red Hat is working to make it possible for administrators to manage identity and policy, while simultaneously auditing system resources and application integrity. Want to know more about this project? Check into Red Hat's newly launched FreeIPA project site. Red Hat will be more than happy to have open source community help in creating open-source solutions that could benefit every company that's packing more and more work into fewer and fewer physical servers.

Looking ahead, Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst with the open-source analysis company RedMonk says, "Much as it has in the operating system and relational database markets, open source is poised to have a disruptive impact on the virtualization space, lowering costs for customers and offering alternatives to proprietary lock-in."

Based on its announcements Wednesday, Red Hat intends to be a player in that disruption.



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