Red Hat Unveils Virtualization Portfolio

The company's upcoming server software also could serve as building blocks for a future cloud computing strategy.
At Monday's press conference, company officials noted that while the adoption rate of virtualization products and technologies continues to quicken, market research also documents that a good number of users have yet to deploy virtualization as part of mission-critical applications. Red Hat hopes the upcoming offerings can soften corporate users' remaining reservations.

"With this set of virtualization solutions, we think Red Hat can break through barriers to lift the limitations placed on virtualization and cloud computing for today's enterprises," said Paul Cormier, executive VP and president, products and technologies, at Red Hat.

"Every time the open source community has offered credible offerings as alternatives to proprietary products, the industry has accepted it," said Navin Thadani, senior director of virtualization business, adding that he thinks the new offerings can achieve such credibility.

Red Hat debuted virtualization in a core operating system since its release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Last September, the company acquired Qumranet, which possessed KVM, SolidICE/Spice, and management technologies.

Longtime partners IBM and Intel were quick to endorse the new offerings, believing it will give their respective products a boost, specifically IBM's System x series of servers and Intel's Intel Virtualization Technology and line of Xeon processors.

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