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KVM Aims for King of the Virtual Hill Status

Oct 18, 2009, 04:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"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 so."

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