MANY OF THE BIGGEST NAMES in the computer industry have banded together to form the Open Virtualisation Alliance that promotes interoperability in virtualised environments.
BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and Suse all banded together to create the Open Virtualisation Alliance, which aims to facilitate interoperability between various vendors virtualisation software. One of the key areas where the firms want to agree upon a standard is for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).
The Open Virtualisation Alliance will undertake the usual tasks of trying to educate companies on best practices and offer technical help to businesses. Interoperability between virtualised environments is extremely important for enterprises as they look to deploy new hardware and software.
Hardesh Degun, technical architect at Knight Frank told The INQUIRER that interoperability between various virtualised services such as storage area networks and servers were major deciding points on what hardware and software the companies chose. Degun, who has just finished deploying HP kit at Knight Frank said that he "never wanted to be tied into one system", so it's not surprising that having some sort of open standard will help the firms win business.
KVM installations were promoted by all the major vendors in the alliance as it uses the rapidly developing Linux kernel to virtualise both Linux-based and Windows operating systems. Both Red Hat and Suse have done exceedingly well with their enterprise oriented Linux distributions and, with KVM being an important technology for cloud-based deployments, it was a natural choice to promote cross-vendor harmony in a bid to increase sales.
Even Microsoft's proprietary Hyper-V virtualisation software now has support for the free CentOS Linux distribution. CentOS is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux but removes all Red Hat branding in order to avoid infringing any copyrights, and it is extremely popular in the low-cost server market.
With KVM having some of the biggest names in the business supporting it, there is little doubt that it will gain traction in the marketplace. µ
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