"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
"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."