Red Hat Integrated Virtualization Strategy Thinks Big

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-03-14 Print this article Print

The Linux vendor has sweeping plans to simplify virtualization deployment for its customers on its RHEL platform.

Linux vendor Red Hat has big plans to create an integrated virtualization environment that will simplify virtualization deployment for its customers. This "Integrated Virtualization" strategy was announced at a launch event in San Francisco on March 14, as first reported by eWEEK, and will essentially see the Raleigh, N.C., company tightly integrate virtualization capabilities with its operating system. It will also ensure that all aspects of the RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) platform, from management tools and installation to software management, will enable customers to deploy virtualized environments easily and effectively.
Company executives said Red Hat would continue to work with partners like AMD, Intel, Network Appliance and XenSource in this regard.
Red Hat will support customers and partners with tools, services and technology previews that let them deploy computing resources at a lower cost while maximizing resource utilization of each resource over time, the company said. "Conservative estimates show that servers typically operate at between 15 and 20 percent of CPU capacity, but with virtualization, that could rise to 80 percent," Tim Yeaton, executive vice president for enterprise solutions at the Raleigh, N.C., company, said at the event. Red Hat had a three-pronged approach with regard to virtualization, Yeaton said. First was delivering integrated innovation, where virtualization was integrated into the underlying platform. Secondly, Red Hat planned to work collaboratively with its hardware, software and other partners to bring these technologies to market in a unique and transparent way, he said. Thirdly, he said, the company was committed to an attractive, open, transparent model on which to work with, educate and prepare customers to adopt and deploy this technology and the solutions around it. Click here to read about why Red Hat is pushing to have Xen virtualization technology added to the Linux kernel. "The benefits of virtualization are clear: There will be large cost savings, as server utilization can be driven from 20 percent to 80 percent, with the resultant savings in space and power bills, as well as the reliability it brings and the ability to migrate and isolate workloads in the event of system failure," Yeaton said. Red Hat will make Fedora Core 5 available in March, as early as the week of March 20. Fedora Core 5 will contain a preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualization technology. "This will create a core of use around virtualization technology," Brian Stevens, Red Hats chief technology officer, said at the event. Then, in the summer of 2006, Red Hat will make its Virtualization Migration and Assessment Services available along with an Enterprise Virtualization beta. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5, which is scheduled for general availability by the end of 2006, will feature fully integrated virtualization, he said. Next Page: Chip makers welcome Red Hats virtualization move.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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