Dual source "grown up" virtualisation comes of age

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 launches today with what is labelled as “significantly expanded” management tools and enhancements to its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

Technology analysts at IDC have argued that this is an “increasingly competitive” time in the virtualisation marketplace, so Red Hat has clearly played to up its game and offered more capabilities than the product it initially launched in November 2009.

For its part, Red Hat asserts that its virtualisation software is being used in increasingly “mission-critical production deployments” and that many customers are deploying dual-source virtualisation strategies.

Dual-source virtualisation?

By dual-source virtualisation, Red Hat is implying that over 80 per cent of its enterprise virtualisation customers are deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as an alternative side-by-side with VMware2.

According to Red Hat, open virtualisation has achieved increased visibility in recent months through the Open Virtualization Alliance and oVirt project.

“As a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance, Red Hat has worked closely with leading IT vendors across the industry to foster the adoption of KVM-based solutions, ensuring that customers can choose from a wide range of virtualization products and services,” said the company, in a press statement.

Red Hat hinges its enterprise virtualisation proposition around the promise of an “interoperable solution without lock-in to proprietary platforms”, the company claims to offer performance and scalability benefits at prices one third to one fifth of the cost of alternative proprietary offerings.

“Highlighting once again the benefits of the open source development model, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 offers enterprises around the world a true strategic alternative to incumbent proprietary solutions,” said Paul Cormier, executive vice president and president, products and technologies at Red Hat. “We’ve heard from companies around the world that they have a need for an alternative to VMware and, with 3.0, Red Hat is providing an attractive offering that combines leading performance and scalability with compelling economics.”