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RHEV Wins New IBM Cloud Business

Red Hat knows the drill: Citrix commands most of the commercial, Xen-based buzz while Red Hat is viewed by many observers as a marginal, me-too player.

Not so much now that Red Hat announced that it has struck a deal with IBM to supply Big Blue with the open source, KVM virtualization technology that will power IBM's new cloud. Red Hat brass was reportedly crowing about the deal, which they claim is their third big-time virtualization coup of the still-young year, and one which puts them in the thick of the rapidly emerging cloud market.

Commenting to, Scott Crenshaw, VP and GM in charge of Red Hat's cloud business unit, declared, "IBM could have chosen anything -- they could have gone with VMware, Microsoft's Hyper-V, or something from, but instead they chose Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. We think the evidence is clear that KVM is the virtualization technology of the future, and that RHEV is our way of delivering that with an enterprise-class product."

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 03/23/2010 at 12:48 PM


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