Which Company turned KVM Hypervisor into industry standard ?
Oct 30, 2023
8:46 AM EDT
|Red Hat buys Qumranet and its KVM virtualization platform and VDI technology for $107 million. See https://www.infoworld.com/article/2638149/red-hat-buys-qumra...
So what then does the acquisition bring Red Hat? According to the company, it gains Qumranet's virtualization solutions, including its KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) platform and SolidICE offering.
Qumranet is the inventor and key maintainer of KVM, the only virtualization technology that is fully incorporated into the Linux kernel. Red Hat views KVM as the next generation of virtualization technology -- it combines support for the latest hardware virtualization capabilities and the rapid feature development of the Linux kernel into a complete, highly functional virtualization platform.
Qumranet also developed SolidICE, a high-performance, scalable, desktop virtualization solution built specifically for virtual desktops. SolidICE is designed to enable a user's Windows or Linux desktop to run in a virtual machine that is hosted on a central server. It is based on the industry-leading Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE), which overcomes key barriers to VDI adoption, including a superior user experience enabled by the SPICE protocol capabilities. This protocol could be a key differentiator for Red Hat, as it outperforms competitive solutions such as Microsoft RDP and Citrix ICA. For a VDI or remote desktop solution to truly pass the test, end-users have to buy in on the experience. And the SPICE protocol may be just what the VDI doctor ordered.
Just as important as the technology acquired, Red Hat also gains Qumranet's talented team of professionals that helped develop, test, and support Qumranet solutions. It also gets the company's community leaders in the open-source KVM project.
P.S. I understand that many people are not delighted with Red Hat's latest actions. Just name a company that would do more for FOSS than Red Hat did in past, things like Systemd,KVM,Spice and quality of any Fedora's build.
UPDATE as of 11/09/23 One may have different views on the Red Hat, but I would refrain from comparing the Canonical development with the Red Hat's contribution to Hybrid Clouds deployment.
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