Emerging market "informação" fuelling Open Virtualization Alliance

Savant Tecnologia da Informação is just one of the names reportedly helping the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) to swell its ranks just now. The open virtualisation consortium has said that OVA membership is growing significantly among companies in new global regions, including Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Extolling the virtues of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology as it does, the OVA states that KVM provides advantages for companies looking for an “open alternative for building cloud deployments” – and that in emerging markets (where cost and freedom from vendor lock-in are key) this becomes an especially important criteria when selecting a virtualisation solution.

Note: I think cost and freedom from vendor lock-in are important EVERYWHERE, but we do get the point.

According to the OVA’s publicity function, this growth is akin to the rapid adoption of Linux and other open source technologies in emerging markets.

“The low cost, high quality and increased choice provided by open virtualisation and KVM is enabling technology companies from Brazil to Japan to help clients virtualise and optimise their infrastructure,” says OVA.

“Over 200 members in three months is a rapid pace and really builds a solid foundation for a robust alliance,” said Gary Chen, research manager at analyst house IDC. “With such a solid, and still growing, member base, it will be interesting to see what kind of output and influence the alliance can generate in the near future to promote KVM.”

More than 200 technology companies have joined the OVA in total, delivering over a 20-fold growth in members since its launch three months ago when founding members included BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and SUSE.