Red Hat Shifts Virtualization Focus to KVM

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 24, 2009

Red Hat today announced that it would shift its virtualization strategy to focus to KVM. KVM or Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a Linux-based virtualization infrastructure.

The move is surprising considering last week’s announcement of a virtualization interoperatibility agreement between Red Hat and Microsoft. Today’s announcement is the first fruit of Red Hat’s 2008 acquisition of Qumranet, which provided Red Hat with KVM, SolidICE/SPICE, and virtualization management technologies.

The company has announced that existing Xen-based deployments will continue to be supported for the full lifetime of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and Red Hat will provide a variety of tools and services to enable customers to migrate from their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Xen deployment to KVM.

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio will consist of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager for Servers, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager for Desktops, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor. The products are expected to be out somewhere in the next 3-18 months, said Nandu Pradhan, president and MD of Red Hat India.