The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), a consortium committed to fostering the
adoption of open virtualization technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual
Machine (KVM), today announced that it is experiencing rapid growth in
participation from companies focused on cloud computing and emerging markets
around the globe.
KVM provides unique advantages for companies looking for an open alternative
for building cloud deployments and in emerging markets where cost and freedom
from vendor lock-in are key criteria in selecting a virtualization solution.
With these advantages offered by KVM, the OVA has gained particular traction and
participation from cloud and emerging markets-focused technology companies in
the recent months since its establishment.
More than 50 percent of OVA members are focused on cloud computing, and
virtualization is a key component of every cloud. Efficiency, flexibility and
reliability are key attributes that cloud providers need to deliver to their
customers. By supporting open virtualization and KVM, cloud companies can reduce
costs, increase virtual machine density, improve performance, harden security
and deploy highly scalable and reliable clouds.
OVA membership is also growing significantly among companies in new global
regions, including Asia Pacific and Latin America. Businesses in growth markets
need to be able to start fast and quickly scale their operations with minimum
investment. Mirroring the rapid adoption of Linux and other open source
technologies in emerging markets, the low cost, high quality and increased
choice provided by open virtualization and KVM is enabling technology companies
from Brazil to Japan to help clients virtualize and optimize their
"The tremendous growth in OVA membership is a very encouraging sign of the
interest and potential for KVM in emerging markets and in the cloud, where open
virtualization is poised to be a key technology. Over 200 members in three
months is a rapid pace and really builds a solid foundation for a robust
alliance," said Gary Chen, research manager, Enterprise Virtualization Software
at IDC. "With such a solid, and still growing, member base, it will be
interesting to see what kind of output and influence the alliance can generate
in the near future to promote KVM."
"We've worked closely with OVA member Autonomic Resources to create a new
business and analytics platform using a combination of open source cloud and
virtualization technologies," said James Ellis, director, Office of Survey
Support & Application Management at the US Energy Information
Administration. "With this solution, we're reducing costs, advancing technology
capabilities, introducing standards-based computing and driving toward our goal
of attaining our Cloud First policy. With KVM as the base of our platform, we're
reaching new levels of performance and scalability for our systems."
More than 200 technology companies have joined the OVA in total, delivering
over a 20-fold growth in members since its launch three months ago.
At its launch in May 2011, the OVA founding members included BMC Software,
Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE. The consortium announced
the addition of 65 members in June 2011 and today builds on this fast-growing
membership with the addition of 134 new members, including: 6WIND, AccelOps,
Acronis, ACT750, aiCache, Aleux, ALOG Datacenters do Brasil, Alphinat,
Altern-IT, Appnovation, AppZero, Authernative, Avere, Bacula Systems, Balidea,
Bloombase, Bobcares, Broadcom, CA Technologies, Canonical, Centec Networks,
Chelsio, CiRBA, ClassCat Co., Ltd., CloudPassage, CloudRows, CloudShare,
Cloudsoft Corporation, Cloudspace, Colfax International, ComputeNext, Coraid,
CoreDial, LLC, coreFusion, CumuLogic, Cybera, DataStax, DCH LLC, Defcon-IT, Dyn,
Eaton, ElasticHosts, ElasticStack, Emulex, Endace, Ennoia Systems, Exelanz,
Exetra ICT, FOSS-Group GmbH, Fujitsu, Guida Advisory, HelpSystems, Hitachi,
Hitachi Data Systems, Igelamerica, Infosim, InfraStacks, LLC, Interface Masters
Technologies, IPe, iSencia, IT Linux, Jambu, Jaspersoft, Jinfonet Software,
Jinny Software, Joyent, JW Electronic Co. Ltd., K35, Kamp.de, Leading Edge,
Linbit, LinuxIT, m2mi, Mamatec, Manage Operations MO, ManageIQ, Mellanox
Technologies LTD., Midokura, MiTAC International Corp., MKNOD, NEC, Neebula,
NetApp, Net Direct Systems, NetView, Netweb Technologies, Nexenta, NoLogin,
Nubefy, Obsidian Systems, OnApp, op5 AB, OpenCrowd, OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA),
Persistent Systems, Platform Computing, PLX Technology, Pragmatech Solutions
Inc., Puppet Labs, QLogic, QNAP, Quest Software, Radware, RAID Inc., Raima,
ReasonNet b.v., Savant Tecnologia da Informacao, ScaleMP, ScaleXtreme, SecludIT,
Securelinx, Silicom, Silver Peak Systems, SkyLinux, Soporte Libre, Sourcefire,
Splunk, StreamWIDE, Sublime IP, Summan, System Fabric Works, Texas Memory
Systems, Tripwire, Unitrends, VaraLogix, Virtensys, Virtual Open Systems, Vision
Solutions, Vizuri, VKernel, WiKID Systems, Inc., Xsigo and Zenoss.
With one of its goals to foster the development of best practices around KVM,
work has begun amongst participating members of the Open Virtualization Alliance
to create and publish KVM-specific documentation. Through the Open
Virtualization Alliance's call for papers, members can submit best practices,
performance and optimization resources, tips and tricks, technical whitepapers,
case studies and solution summaries.
KVM is also establishing a footprint with leading virtualization benchmark
performance results. For example, of the seventeen SPECvirt 2010 benchmark
results published at http://www.spec.org , ten were achieved using KVM
technology, including the highest performance benchmark overall and the highest
number of performant virtual machines running on a single host.
For more information about the Open Virtualization Alliance and its members,
visit www.openvirtualizationalliance.org .
For more information about joining the Open Virtualization Alliance, visit