KVM Aims for King of the Virtual Hill Status

“That’s the view of Navin Thadani, a senior director of the
Linux vendor’s virtualization business. “We see consolidation as
being inevitable, and in the medium term in this market we believe
that will leave VMware, Microsoft and Red Hat,” he said.

“Red Hat got its hands on KVM — which works in conjunction
with Intel and AMD chips with hardware virtualization support
— when it acquired Qumranet, an Israel-based company, in
September 2008. While the company continues to support Xen for its
existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 customers, it is being
positioned very much as a legacy virtualization solution. “We
believe KVM represents the next generation of virtualization,” said
Thadani. “KVM offers significant benefits over Xen and proprietary
systems and is the strategic direction we want to go, so we will
encourage our customers to start to migrate to KVM when they are
ready to, and provide the tools and services needed to help them do

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