What's Red Hat Doing in the Virtualization Business?

Posted by estherschindler on Sep 22, 2008 4:46 PM EDT
CIO.com; By Steven Vaughan-Nichols
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When you think Red Hat, you think Linux. Maybe, if you're a developer or a CTO, you also think JBoss. Red Hat, itself, now wants you to think virtualization.

Even before Red Hat bought the virtualization company Qumranet, with its Linux KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) platform, Red Hat had made it clear that it was moving into virtualization in a big way. At its annual Red Hat Summit in June, the Linux powerhouse announced that it would be deploying its Embedded Linux Hypervisor, oVirt, which is based on KVM in its server line. This lightweight, embeddable hypervisor currently enables users to run run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows VMs on Linux.

Now that Red Hat owns Qumranet, Scott Crenshaw, Red Hat's VP of the Platform Business Unit, explains that Red Hat made the move for three reasons. . . .

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