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Industry leaders form alliance to grow virtualisation

Veronica C. Silva | May 24, 2011
BMC Software, Eucalyptus, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE committed to support open alliance platform.

Industry leaders committed to growing the adoption of virtualisation using the open platform have recently forged an alliance.

The seven companies -- BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE - are supporting open virtualisation technologies, including the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).

These companies said they would continue to develop solutions around the KVM, which can run both Linux and Windows applications using both Intel and AMD processors. The alliance said that by supporting the open platform, they are offering their customers more options.

To help the customers adopt open virtualisation faster, the alliance will promote case studies of installations, encourage interoperability and grow the ecosystem of third party solutions around KVM.

Eucalyptus Systems, for instance, said there are already thousands of installations of Eucalyptus private cloud using the KVM. 

The alliance said its efforts complement similar open virtualisation efforts of open source communities focused on managing the development of the KVM hypervisor and associated management capabilities.


Alliance members, such as BMC, IBM and HP, said they have designed their cloud solutions in the open platform to make virtualisation work for organisations while providing them with alternatives.

HP added that open virtualisation is part of their Converged Infrastructure offerings.

"Organisations are looking to quickly and easily manage change across the enterprise while maintaining control over IT resources," said Paul Miller, vice president, solutions and strategic alliances, enterprise servers, storage and networking, HP. "Kernel-based Virtual Machines, supported by the Open Virtualisation Alliance, offer organisations flexibility, choice and compatibility with HP Converged Infrastructure. They're a great open source option for clients."

The alliance is the latest among the open source initiatives of Red Hat, one of the earliest champions of open source.

"When one company dominates an industry, innovation suffers, and customers pay the price," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, cloud business at Red Hat. "Red Hat and the open source community are breaking the stranglehold of closed virtualisation, enabling better performance, scalability, security -- and better economics. We're pleased to see momentum continue to build, changing the virtualisation market just as we did with closed operating systems and enterprise middleware."

SUSE likewise welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with alliance members in developing interoperable Linux solutions.

"We're excited to be working with the Open Virtualisation Alliance to encourage interoperability and help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualisation options." Alan Clark, executive director, open standards and initiatives, SUSE.

Organisations wanting to adopt virtualisation using the open platform can benefit from the innovations being developed by thousands of developers in the Linux community.


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