Red Hat and IBM Push Open Virtualization into the Enterprise
Red Hat and IBM join forces to promote the KVM open source virtualization technology through jointly developed products and solutions. Meanwhile Red Hat's virtualization momentum rises.Red Hat and IBM have announced a new partnership to work together to make products and solutions based on KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) technology. Together, the companies are driving adoption of the open source virtualization technology through joint development projects and enablement of the KVM ecosystem, officials of the two companies said. KVM is the open virtualization choice for the enterprise. This new was announced at the Red Hat Summit being held in Boston May 3-6.
Meanwhile, Red Hat also announced momentum for the
adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization by North American channel
partners as part of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Accelerator
Program. Launched in June 2010, the Program has driven the
adoption of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio through
training and support of virtualization-certified Red Hat channel
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a virtualization solution designed to enable pervasive datacenter virtualization and enhance capital and operation efficiency. Red Hat introduced Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers in November 2009 and debuted Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops as part of the product portfolio's 2.2 update, released in June 2010, Red Hat officials said.
"We brought Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to market to deliver new levels of choice to customers who desired a virtualization solution that could deliver high performance, scalability and security at an affordable price," said Navin Thadani, senior director of the Virtualization Business at Red Hat, in a statement. "These features contribute to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization's momentum and adoption worldwide."
"As a long-time Red Hat channel partner, we welcomed the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to the market," said Bradley Brodkin, president at HighVail Systems in Toronto, Canada, in a statement. "We've experienced strong interest from our largest clients that are currently using other platforms as Red Hat gains momentum as an excellent Unix alternative. The virtualization market has finally reached a point where it's no longer just a nice-to but a got-to-have and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization fits this need. We're excited to have expanded our partnership with Red Hat in gaining virtualization certification."
"Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is an exceptional virtualization platform combining the familiarity and economics of an open source Linux environment with the reliability of the Red Hat brand," said Donn Bullock, vice president of virtualization and cloud computing at Mainline Information Systems, in a statement. "Through the capabilities of our Mainline Virtualization Practice, we are able to deliver customized configurations for our enterprise customers, leveraging this high-performance, scalable and cost-effective alternative from the leader in Linux solutions."
In addition, Red Hat also announced that TCC Technology (TCCT), a provider of commercially managed hosting and datacenter services, has achieved increased scalability and performance for its key applications with Red Hat solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
To meet its customers' demands, TCCT was looking to design a robust, stable, secure and cost-effective ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system based on its new SAP hosting model. Seeking to ensure its SAP system was running on a high-performance system, the company adopted an open architecture and set out looking for a solution that was reliable and offered superior support and services.
"TCCT provides enterprise hosting to customers, so we need a stable infrastructure, which must be correctly designed by professionals and the product owner," said Kosit Suksingha, managing director of TCC Technology, in a statement.
After reviewing several technology solutions, TCCT selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the operating system to run on Intel Xeon-based servers for its large-scale, business-critical SAP-based ERP systems. The organization also utilizes Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform with integrated virtualization and clustering technologies, and selected Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for the solution's virtualization management capabilities. "We chose Red Hat because its competitive and reliable solutions are capable of running mission-critical applications," said Suksingha.
"Although we know that virtualization is a global trend, we never thought of using it as a mission-critical application until we found Red Hat technologies and applied them to our SAP hosted services," Suksingha said in a statement. "Red Hat solutions have proven to be reliable, cost-effective and scalable, helping us offer commercially attractive SAP-hosted services on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis. Under our strict requirement for robustness and stability, we found Red Hat to be the right partner with which we can build reliable and innovative hosted solutions on a top-class infrastructure at a significantly lower total cost of ownership."