AMD, Intel, Network Appliance and XenSource are joining enterprise Linux provider Red Hat in ensuring customers receive the full benefits of virtualisation.
Red Hat's new integrated virtualisation strategy involves the open source firm supporting customers and partners with tools, services and technology previews to let customers deploy computing resources at what it says should be the lowest possible cost while maximising utilisation of each resource in the long term.
"Conservative estimates show that servers typically operate at between 15% and 25% of CPU capacity, but with virtualisation that could improve to 80%," says Brian Stevens, CTO at Red Hat.
"Our customers, who already see Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the choice for lower cost of ownership, will be able to ride this next wave of virtualisation to further reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.
“Red Hat's strategy is to methodically target and reduce every cost driver associated with deploying IT infrastructure; we believe integrated virtualisation will be a major milestone in this effort."
Red Hat will integrate virtualisation capabilities with its operating system and says its aim is to ensure all aspects of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, from management tools and installation to software management, will enable customers to deploy virtualised environments easily and effectively. Consistent with an open source model, Red Hat will provide integration and support for the Xen virtualisation technology developed by the open source community.
As a first move, this month Red Hat will make Fedora Core 5 available, which will contain a preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualisation technology. In the summer of 2006, Red Hat will make Virtualisation Migration and Assessment Services available along with an Enterprise Virtualisation beta. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, scheduled for general availability by the end of 2006, will feature fully integrated virtualisation.