Red Hat Virtualization Scores IBM's Cloud Business

Thursday Mar 18th 2010 by Sean Michael Kerner
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In a sign of shifting alliances, Red Hat announced that that it would be supplying IBM with the virtualization infrastructure for IBM’s cloud computing initiative. Whither VMware?

The new virtualization deal is potential a loss of VMware, and generally seen as a score for open source virtualization.

As cloud computing deployments ramp up, so too does the competitive battle for the cloud infrastructure technology supporting those deployments.

Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) said Tuesday that it would be supplying IBM with the underlying virtualization technology for IBM’s new cloud.

Red Hat executives did not disclose financial specifics of the deal, though they did describe the win as a major one. The deal is the third major cloud virtualization technology win for Red Hat this year as it stakes a claim in the nascent market for cloud infrastructure.

"IBM could have chosen anything -- they could have gone with VMware, Microsoft's Hyper-V or something from kernel.org, but instead they chose Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)," Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager of Red Hat's cloud business unit told InternetNews.com. "We think the evidence is clear that KVM is the virtualization technology of the future and that RHEV is our way of delivering that with an enterprise-class product."

Red Hat’s Enterprise Virtualization technology itself relies on open source KVM virtualization. The company's virtualization portfolio includes KVM virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (RHEL) as well as a standalone hypervisor and a virtualization management server.

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