KVM was an open-source project developed by Qumranet, an Israeli company acquired by Red Hat in 2008.
Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager for cloud business at Red Hat, acknowledges the obstacles, but insists that users want alternatives to VMware. One need is for a larger ecosystem of vendor support.
"There is no doubt that VMware is ahead in the creation of an ecosystem; there is also no doubt that the marketplace wants a viable open alternative -- and that's the purpose of OVA," said Crenshaw.
BMC management tools support VMware, among other technologies, and that company's CTO and Senior Vice President Kia Behnia said its decision to join OVA doesn't change its support for VMware programs. BMC is simply focused on giving customers options.
BMC is "significantly investing in R&D in support of KVM," said Behnia.
VMware officials declined to comment on OVA's creation.
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