Red Hat and IBM recently announced that they are working together to make products and solutions based on KVM technology. Together, the companies are driving adoption of the open source virtualization technology through joint development projects and enablement of the KVM ecosystem.
KVM open source virtualization technology allows a business to create multiple virtual versions of Linux and Windows environments on the same server.
KVM-based products and solutions, incorporating comprehensive management capabilities and scaling from local servers to large public clouds, help businesses save money by consolidating and sharing IT resources without the expense and limitations of a proprietary solution.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, designed to enable pervasive datacenter virtualization, combines a centralized virtualization management system with advanced features as well as a KVM-based hypervisor.
Planned areas of collaboration between Red Hat and IBM include increasing the scope and adoption of the Red Hat Virtualization Management APIs, and building a community to encourage the use of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager APIs by third-party virtualization products.
Together, the companies will also drive adoption of the open source virtualization technology through jointly developing key virtualization and cloud management interfaces and using the APIs in their respective management products, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager, IBM Director and Tivoli software.
The APIs will address cloud, datacenter automation, virtual storage and networking, virtualization security and virtual appliance management.