SAN FRANCISCO--()--The Open Virtualization Alliance, a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualization technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), today announced broad industry support and adoption with the addition of 65 new members to the consortium. With this, the consortium has achieved nearly ten-fold growth in membership since its establishment just one month ago, and today includes members across a wide spectrum of hardware, software, services and cloud computing businesses.
In May, technology leaders BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE announced the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance. The goal of the alliance is to provide education, best practices and technical advice to help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualization options, including open source alternatives such as KVM. Since the formation of the consortium, leaders throughout the virtualization industry have quickly expressed strong interest in participating in the Open Virtualization Alliance.
Today, the following companies join as general members of the Open Virtualization Alliance: Abiquo, AdaptiveComputing, Afore Solutions, Arista Networks, Arkeia, autonomicresources, B1 Systems, BlueCat Networks, Brocade, Carbon 14 Software, Cfengine, CheapVPS, Cloud Cruiser, CloudSigma, CloudSwitch, CodeFutures, CohesiveFT, Collax GmbH, Convirture, Corensic, Dell, enstratus, EnterpriseDB, Everis Inc., Fujitsu Frontech, FusionIO, Gluster, Inc., Grid Dynamics, Groundwork Open Source, HexaGrid Computing, IDT us, Infinite Technologies, Information Builders, Killer Beaver, LLC, Likewise, Mindtree Ltd, MontaVista Software, Morph Labs, nanoCloud, Neocoretech, Nicira Networks, Nimbula, novastorm, One Convergence, OpenNebula / C12G Labs, Providence Software (XVT), Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH, Qindel, RisingTide Systems, ScaleOut Software, Sep Software, Shadow Soft, Smartscale, StackOps, stepping stone GmbH, Storix, UC4, Unilogik, Univention, Usharesoft, Virtual Bridges, Vyatta, Weston Software Inc, XebiaLabs and Zmanda.
With industry support continuing to grow, the OVA is rapidly moving forward with its mission including:
- Industry Ecosystem: The OVA is promoting the growth of an ecosystem of solutions around KVM. New members offer software and services in many areas including virtualization management, cloud computing, storage management, datacenter automation, network management and business solutions. Combined with the broad portfolios of the founding members including offerings for systems management, web application servers, information management, application development, collaboration, cloud computing and business analytics, there are hundreds of offerings already available around KVM. As part of its outreach to the wider community, the OVA is also encouraging ISVs to support their applications on KVM.
- Educational Resources: OVA members are already providing materials to educate the technical community about KVM, on the OVA website at www.openvirtualizationalliance.org and through specific open virtualization and KVM webpages. In addition to analyst white papers, there are resources on KVM security, how-to suggestions on configuration, and shared advice on best practices for KVM. These efforts are part of a broader library of resources that members are developing to help speed the adoption of KVM for organizations of all sizes.
- Increasing Confidence: Industry confidence in KVM is expected to continue to grow with recent published benchmarks that highlight the strong performance levels and scalability of KVM. This quarter, four new benchmark results have been published on the SPECvirt website. KVM is now the hypervisor used in 9 out of the 14 SPECvirt results and has demonstrated leadership in 20-core and 40-core systems and is the sole submitted benchmark for an 80-core system. SPECvirt_sc2010 is the SPEC benchmark for evaluating the performance of datacenter servers used for virtualized server consolidation.
The Open Virtualization Alliance continues to develop rapidly, and plans to hold its first formal Board meeting at the end of June.
For more information about the Open Virtualization Alliance and its members, visit www.openvirtualizationalliance.org.
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About Open Virtualization Alliance
The mission of the Open Virtualization Alliance is to foster the adoption of KVM as an open virtualization alternative, accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM, increase overall awareness and understanding of KVM, encourage interoperability, promote best practices and highlight examples of customer successes. Founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance include BMC Software, Eucalytpus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE.