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Red Hat and IBM have announced a new partnership to work together to make products and solutions based on KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) technology.

Together, the companies are driving adoption of the open source virtualization technology through joint development projects and enablement of the KVM ecosystem, officials of the two companies said. KVM is the open virtualization choice for the enterprise. This new was announced at the Red Hat Summit being held in Boston May 3-6.

KVM virtualization technology enables users to create multiple virtual versions of Linux and Windows environments on the same server. KVM-based products and solutions, incorporating management capabilities and scaling from local servers to large public clouds, help organizations save money by consolidating and sharing IT resources. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, designed to enable pervasive datacenter virtualization, combines a centralized virtualization management system with advanced features as well as a KVM-based hypervisor.

Together, IBM and Red Hat will drive adoption of the KVM technology through jointly developing key virtualization and cloud management interfaces and using the APIs in their respective management products, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager, IBM Director and Tivoli software. The APIs will address cloud, datacenter automation, virtual storage and networking, virtualization security and virtual appliance management, the companies said

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May 4th, 2011

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