Red Hat Goes Virtual
The greatest virtualization company you've probably never heard of is now
part of Red Hat
Qumranet was unknown to me before Redmond magazine Editor Ed Scannell
did an interview
with its CEO. I found out from Ed (and CEO Benny Schnaider) that Qumranet
has an open source Type 2 hypervisor. That means the hypervisor runs on top
of an OS (in this case Linux) and the OS runs against the processor.
Red Hat, which paid just north of $100 million for Qumranet, is now hoping
to push this hypervisor, called KVM, as the primary solution for Linux. With
Red Hat's muscle and Xen owner Citrix's love of Hyper-V, Red Hat might just
get its way.
Red Hat also gets a commercial desktop virtualization product out of the deal.
There are quite a few of those in the market already.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/09/2008 at 1:16 PM