Virtualization Showdown: VMware and Novell Counter Red Hat
Call it a preemptive strike. When Red Hat Summit kicks off June 22, the open source company is expected to strongly promote Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) to partners and customers. Instead of sitting back on its heels, Linux rival Novell is building a stronger virtualization partnership with VMware. In short, Novell and VMware are ganging up against Red Hat. Here are the details.
As part of an expanded relationship launched today, VMware will distribute and support Novell‘s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Under the agreement, VMware will standardize its virtual appliance-based products on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware added. Meanwhile, Novell continues to hedge its virtualization bets through an ongoing virtualization relationship with Microsoft, and a separate relationship with Citrix Systems.
Translation: Novell is using a surround-and-conquer strategy to compete against RHEV, which is still a fledgling virtualization option.
Read Between the Lines
There are some juicy subplots to this story. The Novell-VMware move arrives as:
- Red Hat strives to bolster RHEV (an emerging virtualization option) and upstart Canonical promotes virtualization for Ubuntu Linux. In fact, RHEV is expected to be a core theme at Red Hat Summit, scheduled for June 22-25 in Boston.
- Novell continues to promote Intelligent Workload Management as a way to manage physical and virtual applications both on-premises and in the cloud. Virtualization and software appliances are core to the IWM strategy. Having VMware in Novell’s corner could give the IWM strategy a lift.
- Novell considers potential buyout offers from an apparent range of bidders. A closer working relationship with VMware could give Novell a potential lift during potential takeover talks.
- Clearly, VMware wants to counter Red Hat as well. Canonical Chief Operating Officer Matt Asay shed some light on the Red Hat vs. VMware war in a recent blog post.
The VAR Guy expects more fireworks during the Red Hat Summit in Boston. In the meantime, our resident blogger will be checking in with VARs to see which virtualization horse they’re betting on.