Red Hat and IBM have worked closely together over the last 12+ years collaborating to bring better technology to our customers, specifically focused around Linux. About five years ago, our companies expanded our collaborative focus to include joint work on virtualization and, more specifically, on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. Since then, we’ve closely partnered to drive open virtualization forward for the benefit of global enterprises.
Today, Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0. The 3.0 platform brings a compelling balance of performance, reliability, scalability, openness, and cost advantages not offered by competing alternatives. With extensive updates to both the hypervisor and management system, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 includes over 1,000 features, enhancements, and improvements.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 enters into a market where there is a strong demand for an open alternative to proprietary competitors. In the past several months, we’ve seen strong traction and incredible support for open virtualization technologies through organizations like the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) and open source projects like the oVirt project, in which both Red Hat and IBM have played a large leadership role. Adding to this, we also have thousands customers using Red Hat virtualization technologies across industry segments who have recognized the value of our offering and who see that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a strong player in the emergence of the dual-source trend, in which companies are looking to use more than one virtualization solution to meet their needs. Over 80 percent of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers are deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as an alternative side-by-side with VMware. In addition, approximately 50 percent of Red Hat’s largest customers based on revenue, including some of the world’s largest banks, telecommunications companies and government organizations, have begun deploying or piloting Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
In August, we released a downloadable evaluation for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and have since seen a 50x increase in the rate of evaluations. Going forward, we’ll have a fully supported downloadable trial program to help meet demand for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Download the fully supported, 60-day trial here.
We don’t release Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 today alone. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 debuts with the backing of long-time partners like IBM as well as our new Red Hat Market Place of ISV partners who have integrated their applications with the 3.0 product through its APIs.
Please join us in celebrating Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization by attending our virtual event today to learn more about this news and the future of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. If you aren’t able to join us live, the content will be on-demand until April 18, 2012.
By Navin Thadani, Senior Director, Virtualization Business at Red Hat