IT giants give rise to open-source virtualization alliance

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seven IT firms have come together to create the not-for-profit corporation Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), a consortium dedicated to developing the adoption of open virtualization technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), the group announced.

BMC Software (Nasdaq: BMC), Eucalyptus Systems, HP (NYSE: HPQ), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel (NYSE: INTC), Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and SUSE are the conglomerate's main members, with a common interest in supporting open virtualization. They are involved in the development, distribution, support or use of KVM - an alternative to more costly proprietary virtualization solutions.

OVA will encourage development of a third-party ecosystem around KVM, including ISVs. By providing an open virtualization alternative, OVA can offer clients a choice in selecting the ideal virtualization products for their business.

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"Kernel-based Virtual Machines, supported by the Open Virtualization Alliance, offer organizations flexibility, choice and compatibility with HP Converged Infrastructure. They're a great open source option for clients," said Paul Miller, HP's VP for solutions and strategic alliances, enterprise servers, storage and networking.

The member companies are all part of the Linux ecosystem.