Open Virtualisation Alliance forms

A bunch of technology companies has banded together to push what they call the Open Virtualisation Alliance.

The likes of IBM, Intel, HP, BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, Red Hat, and SUSE said they were 'committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualisation technologies including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).

The consortium said it will "promote examples of customer successes, encourage interoperability and accelerate the expansion of the ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM," while definitely not slagging off the likes of VMWare - or maybe just a bit, but behind closed doors and firewalls. Do firewalls have ears?

KVM is a virtual machine implementation for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualisation extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V). Its crucial parts are licensed under GNU licences.

Members of the Open Virtualisation Alliance profess a common interest in supporting open virtualisation.

"When one company dominates an industry, innovation suffers, and customers pay the price," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, Cloud Business at Red Hat. "Red Hat and the open source community are breaking the stranglehold of closed virtualisation, enabling better performance, scalability, security -- and better economics. We're pleased to see momentum continue to build, changing the virtualisation market just as we did with closed operating systems and enterprise middleware."

Inna Kuznetsova, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group said in the statement: "With the formation of this alliance, we are taking an important step forward with other industry leaders to ensure that businesses have an open virtualization alternative.”

The Alliance has bunged up a web site here.