Red Hat declares war against VMware on cloud front

Red Hat declares war against VMware on cloud front

Summary: Red Hat declared war against VMware on the cloud front today, noting that the rapid expansion of OVA and its own expanding open source platform for cloud computing threatens VMware's Cloud Foundry

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Red Hat declared war on VMware's Cloud Foundry today, announcing that 65 new companies have joined the Open Virtualization Alliance backing KVM in a month's time.

In May, Red Hat, SUSE, BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM and Intel, announced the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance.

As of today, 65 new members have joined, including Dell. Scott Crenshaw, who leads Red Hat's cloud effort, denounced what he called VMware's proprietary cloud platform.

Red Hat has backed and been evangelizing the open source hypervisor since buying Qumranet several years ago, and offers significant KVM support in its Enterprise Linux 6.1. The company also recently announced a number of multi-platform cloud products based on KVM including its OpenShift PaaS and Cloud Forms IaaS.

KVM is incorporated in the Linux kernel and is backed by some open source advocates while others prefer Xen. (Interestingly, the two Xen.org founders left Citrix yesterday to launch a startup). Still, it's been an uphill battle -- and a development challenge -- for the lesser known KVM open source hypervisor to make headway in the enterprise market.

At the recent Red Hat Summit, execs insisted that KVM is enterprise ready. Today's announcements -- including the release of Red Hat's MRG 2.0 -- are designed to further that goal.

"The floodgates have been lifted and [there's] a massive wave of support for KVM and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization," said Crenshaw, vice president and general manager of Red Hat's cloud business. "Lock-in doesn't benefit anyone but VMware ... the tide is rising against VMware's hegemony."

He said VMware's Cloud Foundry purports to be open but claimed that at its core it is based on VMware's proprietary ESX virtualization technology. He also said Microsoft's claims of openness and no cost for Azure are not yet proven.

The full list of OVA announced today is packed with many open source companies, includes 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, Censtratus, 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.

KVM once battled to be a serious contender to Xen.  Now, its chief commercial backer -- Red Hat -- is taking on the behemoth -- VMware -- for the Virtualization 2.0 dollars.

Topics: Linux, Hardware, Open Source, Virtualization, VMware

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  • All one need do

    is visit RedHat's site and run their TCO/ROI tool to see just how much lower RH comes below VMware.

    RedHat is cleaning their clock.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Red Hat declares war against VMware on cloud front

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate

      Right, because RedHat would never be biased about their own stuff.

      I'll stick with vSphere + CentOS.
      tk_77
      • There's no bias when it comes to competitive pricing.

        @tk_77

        The numbers speak for themselves.
        VMware is proprietary and overpriced.
        Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Red Hat declares war against VMware on cloud front

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  • KVM is still growing

    KVM, much lke Microsoft Hypervisor is still growing. It still has too many gaps in its model to be a serious contender in the enterprise space. Role based provisioning and dynamic reprovisioning to name a few. However, unlike Microsoft Hypervisor, KVM still remains a bit buggy. It continues to suffer from memory leaks.
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Red Hat declares war against VMware on cloud front

      @facebook@... <br><br>Do you use KVM? Didn't think so.<br>Wake me up when HyperV is ready for prime time. Hence no HyperV alliance.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • Lots of Hyper-V experience.

        @Return_of_the_jedi Not in six months. I play in the larger end of the market. If I use Eucalyptus in a deployment, it will be with Xen because of the best-of-breed roles based provisioning. Otherwise, it is esxi or Microsoft Hypervisor. Quite frankly, KVM has nothing on Hypervisor and I have grown tired of re-evaluating it.
        Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Red Hat declares war against VMware on cloud front

        @Return_of_the_jedi

        Am not sure if I see MS joining an open source alliance any time soon even if it's beneficial.
        mm71
      • Silliness of Consortiums

        @mm71 Jedi was just being goofy. As if the existence of a consortium somehow validates the product. In fact, the OVA consortium is really nothing more than a clearinghouse of information for vendors and suppliers to better integrate their wares into the platform. Microsoft does not have this challenge with Hypervisor because that consortium infrastructure already exists elsewhere.
        Your Non Advocate
  • It's all marketing

    Ah, the marketing wars. When you are a sysadmin and need to support infrastructure needs for your org, there's a lot you need to execute, but I'd mention two things that stand out: reliability and ease of use. VMware excels on both, this is why customers buy it. There's value in having a platform that is integrated, tested, ready to use. Hopefully KVM will be a serious option in the future.
    Andrell@...
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