Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Red Hat announces "next-generation" virtualization based on KVM

Today, at the Red Hat Summit, Red Hat announced three virtualization initiatives including oVirt. The press release is here.

Some choice quotage:

KVM technology has rapidly emerged as the next-generation virtualization technology, following on from the highly successful Xen implementation.

Another good one:

We continue to see huge improvements in functionality, performance and time to market because of our close relationship with our open source partners. For example, Intel and IBM have worked with us for many years covering virtualization technologies that span from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to today's KVM-based announcements.

And of course:

"IBM works closely with Red Hat and the open source community to drive innovation within the Linux kernel," said Daniel Frye, vice president, open systems development at IBM. "IBM has a heterogenous approach toward virtualization, with KVM one of several options. KVM leverages the core features of the Linux kernel, including paravirtualization interfaces contributed by IBM engineers. By combining Linux virtualization infrastructure with open management interfaces such as CIM and libvirt, we gain a solution that eliminates lock-in and open source community innovations, we are able to offer our customers a solution with outstanding performance, scalability and agility."

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out KVM.