"The open source KVM virtualization technology is being promoted
by many different vendors, often as a mechanism to help enable
cloud deployments. Among the biggest backers of KVM are Linux
vendors Red Hat and Ubuntu, though in at least one use case the
solutions they're marketing aren't necessarily the solutions that
cloud deployments are using.
"Hosting provider The Planet recently launched a new cloud
service offering built on KVM technology without the benefit of the
Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) or Red Hat's Enterprise
Virtualization (RHEV). Instead The Planet has chosen to take its
own path, leveraging the freely available Ubuntu Lucid LTS release
and without engaging in a commercial contract with Canonical, the
lead commercial sponsor behind Ubuntu."