In what is regarded as a response to the recently announced Microsoft and Novell partnership, open source solutions provider Red Hat has made a similar arrangement with VMware.
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The deal is intended to support customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) who are deploying virtualisation today. As part of the relationship, Red Hat and VMware are delivering certification and focusing on open, community-based interoperability between Red Hat and VMware solutions.
"Customers care about open interoperability and certification for running joint Red Hat and VMware environments," states Brian Stevens, chief technology officer at Red Hat. "With this relationship, the two virtualisation platforms that Red Hat Enterprise Linux will support are the VMware platform and the Red Hat Integrated Virtualisation platform that will be available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
“The wide adoption of open source is a result of the commitment to interoperability; support for our joint customers is just one more example of the efficacy of true open source development."
Red Hat and VMware will use a community-based development model to drive the adoption of open and accessible interoperability points and, by collaborating on key technology issues -identified as virtual machine disk formats, paravirtualisation and management APIs - the companies intend to work within the open source community to create a common, interoperable virtualisation model that ISVs and customers can trust, no matter which deployment model they choose.
Red Hat has already certified VMware Infrastructure as both a certified software application and a certified virtual hardware platform for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In addition, all VMware solutions fully support running Red Hat Enterprise Linux inside a virtualised environment.
Starting immediately, the Red Hat Application Stack virtual appliance is certified and available in VMDK format in the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace for both customers and ISVs to evaluate in a pre-production environment.