VMware Rivals Further Expanding Open Virtualization Alliance
The Open Virtualization Alliance is continuing to grow with membership now exceeding 200 companies all pushing KVM and associated open-source virtualization solutions. And now that its ranks have grown, the OVA is detecting a trend among member companies. Read on for the details, with a dash of channel perspective …
According to the OVA’s latest release, its membership base is now comprised of “more than 50 percent … focused on cloud computing,” and there’s no sign this is slowing down. The OVA has also noticed KVM is catching on in “emerging markets” where flexibility and cost-effective solutions are key to building a reliable virtualization environment.
Since the cloud is ubiquitous, and so is open source technology, the OVA boasts that not only is it spurring the adoption of KVM technology, it’s doing it worldwide. OVA’s membership base is expanding internationally, with Asia Pacific and Latin America seeing significant growth. OVA dubbed these markets “emerging,” and noted the growth in these markets is encouraged by the aforementioned open nature of these virtualization solutions.
And research firm IDC has given the OVA its seal of approval, noting “… over 200 members in three months is a rapid pace and really builds a solid foundation for a robust alliance.”
While IDC’s observations are correct, the larger story for the channel is that continued outpouring of support fosters the continuing development and proliferation of KVM. The OVA’s launch featured big Linux players including Red Hat and SUSE, as well as IBM, HP and Intel. These bigger vendors likely could carry the KVM torch by themselves, but with the power of a 200-plus membership behind it, KVM is likely to secure a much larger data center presence in the future, especially since this member momentum has tons of potential to attack rival VMware.