Saturday, 13 September 2008 13:54

Red Hat out virtualises ESX with purchase of Qumranet, ready to take on Microsoft

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With KVM Virtualisation now under their banner, Red Hat is ready to take on the other company that owns virtualisation as well as operating system technology, Microsoft.

Last week, for US$107 million, Red Hat acquired Qumranet, owners of the KVM Virtualisation product.  The coupling of the Linux producer with virtualisation software positions Red Hat to move into the lead as a supplier of an enterprise level virtualisation solution.

The ‘glossies’ on the KVM (kernel-based virtualization machine) hypervisor are pretty impressive when stacked up to the rivals, at least on the capacity front.

Boasting the ability to host up to 52 virtual machines against VMWares ESX which has a 35 machine capacity, or Citrix Xenserver at a 30 machine capacity, KVM looks like a nice way to further consolidate server Iron.

Given Microsoft’s lack of Red Hat support under Hyper-V, there is space for the two to compete at the enterprise level for the hearts and minds of CIO’s across the planet.

At a recent UK press conference Paul Cormier, Red Hat president of products and technologies said` “From the beginning we saw virtualisation as part of the OS.  We see ourselves as one of only two vendors that can provide a full solution.”

For their part Red Hat has a virtualisation vision that extends further than simple server consolidation.  Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, at the same UK press conference outlaid plans for some cloud computing fun, using Amazon.com’s Elastic Compute Cloud infrastructure.

“Our vision in simple terms is there will be private networks completely manage, semi-private networks, networks that are off somewhere where users want to deploy resources and to spin them up for peaks and lows,” said Stevens. “there’s not going to be just one cloud out there. It’s very important that there’s federation out there. We’re seeing a lot of customers wanting to build their own clouds too.”

Red Hat would like enterprise computing becoming very collaborative, with companies, even rivals, being enabled to form clouds of computing power for each company involved to utilise.

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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