Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2018: Using the Cloud to Transform Your BusinessThe new virtualization deal is potential a loss of VMware, and generally seen as a score for open source virtualization.
As cloud computing deployments ramp up, so too does the competitive battle for the cloud infrastructure technology supporting those deployments.
Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) said Tuesday that it would be supplying IBM with the underlying virtualization technology for IBMs new cloud.
"IBM could have chosen anything -- they could have gone with VMware, Microsoft's Hyper-V or something from kernel.org, but instead they chose Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)," Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager of Red Hat's cloud business unit told InternetNews.com. "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."
Red Hats Enterprise Virtualization technology itself relies on open source KVM virtualization. The company's virtualization portfolio includes KVM virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (RHEL) as well as a standalone hypervisor and a virtualization management server.
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