Virtualization marketplace continues to heat up

Posted by dowdle on Feb 26, 2009 11:45 AM EDT; By Scott Dowdle
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Virtualization has been a buzz word for a few years now. Some people think it has been over-hyped but I'm not one of those people. The big competing products seem to be: VMware, Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, Parallels (including OpenVZ), and Hyper-V. Is there too much choice out there? Choice isn't bad, is it? Will there eventually be a market shake up with a thinning of product candidates as a result? Will someone try to proclaim that they are the virtualization "standard"? I don't really know. I certainly like competition and don't think having a number of competing products is bad. There are both proprietary products and FOSS products. As you can guess, I lean towards the later if at all possible.

Then as if on cue Red Hat comes out with a slew of announcements about their virtualization strategy change. They have a number of press releases, a video, a webcast, and even a blog posting from the CEO.

Oddly they are still not talking about RHEL 6 and the upcoming product changes are going to start with the RHEL 5.4 update which is due out in 6 months or so... although they did mention they would have a staggered release for the various products. Will it be all free (as in speech and freedom)? Yes although the GUI management products won't be at first. The management client application for SolidIce has historically been Microsoft Windows-only (with the server-side stuff being all Linux/KVM-based)... and it doesn't appear they want to GPL that... but they did say that once they become "cross platform", they plan on releasing it as free software.

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