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Intel, IBM, and HP back open source against VMware

May 18, 2011, 17:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Clarke)

"Known as the Open Virtualization Alliance , the group includes IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and KVM Linux distro leader Red Hat as well as Novell, BMC, and Eucalyptus Systems. It was announced on Tuesday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, where Intel, HP, Red Hat, IBM, and Novell spoke about the effort.

"The alliance will educate users on best practices and provide technical advice to help them 'understand and evaluate their' – ahem – 'virtualization options'. This will include developer use cases, but beyond that, it's not clear what the hardware vendors - who have the most resources of all the Alliance members - will throw at KVM.

"The objective is to raise the profile of KVM and encourage software partners to build tools that make KVM more than just a commodity hypervisor and to help improve the overall management and deployment of applications on KVM. And to catch VMware."

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