BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE have formed the Open Virtualisation Alliance, a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualisation technologies including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).
The consortium will promote examples of customer successes, encourage interoperability and accelerate the expansion of the ecosystem of third party solutions around KVM, providing businesses improved choice, performance and price for virtualisation.
The Open Virtualisation Alliance will provide education, best practices and technical advice to help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualisation options. The consortium complements the existing open source communities managing the development of the KVM hypervisor and associated management capabilities, which are rapidly driving technology innovations for customers virtualising both Linux and Windows applications.
KVM virtualisation provides compelling performance, scalability and security for today's applications, smoothing the path from single system deployments to large-scale cloud computing. As a core component in the Linux kernel, KVM leverages hardware virtualization support built into Intel and AMD processors, providing a robust, efficient environment for hosting Linux and Windows virtual machines. KVM naturally leverages the rapid innovation of the Linux kernel (to virtualise both Linux and Windows guests), automatically benefiting from scheduler, memory management, power management, device driver and other features being produced by the thousands of developers in the Linux community.
Members of the Open Virtualisation Alliance have a common interest in supporting open virtualization, and are involved in the development, distribution, support, use, or other business interest in KVM or offerings which use it. By providing an open virtualization alternative, they are offering their clients choice and enabling them to select the ideal virtualization products for their business needs.
"BMC has designed its cloud solutions to promote interoperability and openness which would enable a broad set of choices for IT organizations," says Kia Behnia, chief technology officer at BMC Software, "We are proud to support the goals of the Open Virtualisation Alliance and extend its reach to the management of cloud environments that work for business."
"Eucalyptus Systems has a clear focus on enterprise cloud computing, so we are thrilled to be an early member of the Open Virtualisation Alliance to advance enterprise-ready open virtualization solutions," says Rich Wolski, Eucalyptus Systems CTO. "With Eucalyptus, users can transform their hypervisor environments into a powerful private cloud, and there are already thousands of KVM-based Eucalyptus private cloud installations. We look forward to working with the other Open Virtualization Alliance members to support open standards and choice when evaluating virtualisation technologies."
"Organisations are looking to quickly and easily manage change across the enterprise while maintaining control over IT resources," says Paul Miller, vice-president: Solutions and Strategic Alliances, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP. "Kernel-based Virtual Machines, supported by the Open Virtualisation Alliance, offer organisations flexibility, choice and compatibility with HP Converged Infrastructure. They're a great open source option for clients."
"IBM has a rich history of innovation in the open source community and has been a leader in virtualisation technology for more than 40 years," says Inna Kuznetsova, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "With the formation of this alliance, we are taking an important step forward with other industry leaders to ensure that businesses have an open virtualization alternative."
"No matter what virtualisation solution is chosen by our customers, the Intel strategy remains the same — to help ensure their choice runs best on Intel architecture," says Doug Fisher, vice president, Software and Services Group, and GN, Systems Software Division at Intel. "KVM offers an open source alternative for virtualization that takes immediate advantage of the Linux device driver work Intel does, which helps KVM track the rapid improvements we make in our products."
"When one company dominates an industry, innovation suffers, and customers pay the price," says Scott Crenshaw, vice president and GM: Cloud Business at Red Hat. "Red Hat and the open source community are breaking the stranglehold of closed virtualization, enabling better performance, scalability, security — and better economics. We're pleased to see momentum continue to build, changing the virtualisation market just as we did with closed operating systems and enterprise middleware."
"The new SUSE business has a strong focus on providing the easiest-to-use and most interoperable Linux solutions across physical, virtual and cloud environments. We're proud to be a founding member of the Open Virtualisation Alliance that will help accelerate the adoption of virtualization solutions based on open source technologies. Customers want choice and simplicity without compromising performance. We're excited to be working with the Open Virtualization Alliance to encourage interoperability and help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualization options," says Alan Clark, executive director, open standards and initiatives, SUSE.