In the first week in May I reported that IBM and Red Hat were to partner around open source virtualisation. Well that collaboration has been extended to BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, Intel and SUSE with the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance.
The aim of the consortium is to promote the adoption of virtualization technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). They plan to do that through publicising customer successes, encouraging interoperability and the expansion of the third-party ecosystem of solutions. The Open Virtualization Alliance will also provide education, best practices and advice to help businesses with their virtualisation options.
The press release says that “By providing an open virtualization alternative, (the Alliance) are offering their clients choice and enabling them to select the ideal virtualization products for their business needs”. When I reported on the IBM/Red Hat partnership I commented that open source virtualisation was faced with some powerful proprietary opposition, particularly VMware. But with HP, Intel and BMC Software part of the collaboration, the open source solution is now looking much more like an alternative to be reckoned with.