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Red Hat Moves Into Virtualisation
IDM.net.au writes:


April 3rd, 2006: Enterprise software developer Red Hat is jumping into the virtualisation game with the announcement that it will be working with AMD, Intel, Network Appliance and XenSource to create an Open Source virtualisation environment.

Red Hat is looking to integrate virtualisation capabilities into its Linux-based operating system to make it more attractive to the enterprise, and to "drive virtualization deeply into the mainstream" according to Tony Iams, Vice President of System Software Research at Ideas International.

With server computing power far outstripping use, virtualisation is becoming increasingly attractive to budget-conscious organisations. Red Hat says that the cost benefits of open source coupled with better support for virtualisation and consolidation, means more flexible lifecycle management and improved workload management and availability.

"Conservative estimates show that servers typically operate at between 15 and 25 percent of CPU capacity, but with virtualization that could improved to 80 percent," says Brian Stevens, CTO at Red Hat. "Our customers, who already see Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the choice for lower cost of ownership, will be able to ride this next wave of virtualisation to further reduce costs and increase operational efficiency. Red Hat's strategy is to methodically target and reduce every cost driver associated with deploying IT infrastructure, we believe integrated virtualisation will be a major milestone in this effort."

Red Hat has already released a preview of its planned improvements in its Fedora Core 5, released in late March. The company says it will make Virtualisation Migration and Assessment Services available alongside its virtualisation beta, Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 5, which is currently scheduled for release at end of 2006.

Red Hat's announcement comes as Microsoft delays the release of its competing Virtual Server until early 2007.

Read the original article and comment, here.

Published Sunday, April 02, 2006 10:31 PM by David Marshall
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