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Red Hat SPICE protocol advances but release could be a year away

In September of 2008 Red Hat acquired Israel-based company Qumranet for $107 million and with it the company's virtualization solutions, including its Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) technology and the Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE) remote protocol. 

KVM is now growing in popularity for desktop virtualization and cloud solution offerings, and the SPICE protocol could prove to be one of the key elements to wider adoption of the technology.

SPICE is a remote computing solution that provides client access to remote machine displays and devices (such as keyboard, mouse, and audio).  SPICE achieves a user experience that is similar to an interaction with a local machine, while trying to offload most of the intensive CPU and GPU tasks to the client. 

Back in December of 2009, Red Hat made a decision to open source its SPICE protocol in hopes of rallying support from the open source community and making the protocol even better and more far reaching.  They also hoped that doing so would break down barriers to virtualization adoption by overcoming traditional desktop virtualization challenges, emphasizing user experience, and ultimately contributing to interoperability -- and perhaps even make the protocol a new standard.  The company faces increased competition in this area from three big virtualization heavy hitters: Citrix (HDX), Microsoft (RDP), and VMware (PCoIP).


Read the rest of this InfoWorld Virtualization Report article at the source.

Published Monday, July 19, 2010 12:09 PM by David Marshall
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