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Open Virtualization Alliance Welcomes NetApp to Governing Board

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), an open virtualization technology, today announced that NetApp has joined the organization as a Governing Member.

KVM provides unique advantages for companies looking for an open alternative for both traditional data center virtualization and scalable cloud deployments. KVM combines performance, security and flexibility with a cost effective, open source solution. With these advantages offered by KVM, the OVA has gained strong participation from partners who offer comprehensive KVM solutions across the spectrum from enterprise systems to cloud computing.

NetApp, a leader in innovative storage and data management solutions, was the first enterprise storage vendor to recognize the importance and long-term impact of KVM by committing resources and providing integration via the ovirt.org, an open source data center virtualization management community initiative. This collaboration has also resulted in numerous solutions and integrations with virtualization and cloud solutions from HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat, as well as the OpenStack project. NetApp's commitment to KVM stems from the fact that scalable virtualization solutions require considerations in the area of storage. Environments can only scale out as fast as their underlying storage allows. NetApp will continue to provide guidance to enable partners and customers that seek to use KVM as their foundation.

"As customers move to cloud and require more openness, execution speed, and economic value, open virtualization is what delivers to customer requirements," said David Dale, Director of Standards, NetApp. "After being an active contributor and leader in the KVM community for several years, NetApp is now excited to take an instrumental role as an Open Virtualization Alliance governing member to further promote open customer solutions."

"Virtualization is expanding far beyond simple server virtualization to encompass all aspects of the data center, including storage, compute and networking," said Doug Oathout, OVA Board Member, Vice President, Channel & Alliances, HP. "The Open Virtualization Alliance welcomes NetApp as a governing member, where its deep expertise will help promote KVM and expand the OVA ecosystem."

Published Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:38 PM by David Marshall
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