New OVA Website Ushers in New Era for Expanding KVM Ecosystem
The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) brings together companies from across the industry and around the world to promote KVM and open virtualization solutions. With customer interest in low-cost, enterprise-grade virtualization accelerating – and the increasing adoption of multiple hypervisors by IT departments – it’s not surprising that the market demand for open alternatives to proprietary hypervisors is growing rapidly.
Since its launch in May 2011, the OVA has attracted over 250 vendors – from systems and storage providers to management and application ISVs, and from North America and Europe to growth markets such as China and Latin America. Cloud computing has figured especially strongly in the OVA, ranging from open cloud infrastructure vendors to cloud service providers. With the launch of the new OVA website, the members of this expanding KVM ecosystem now have the opportunity to promote their open virtualization solutions through case studies, white papers, and product overviews.
IBM has had a long-standing commitment to both virtualization and open source technologies. IBM pioneered the concept of virtualization back in 1964 with virtualization on the mainframe. Even then, virtualization was about gaining the greatest possible efficiency from systems to take best advantage of hardware and infrastructure – an approach that continues to resonate with customers. Twelve years ago, IBM also took a stand for open source, investing $1 billion in Linux to help drive enterprise adoption (learn more about IBM’s Linux history here). IBM recognized that customers are looking for cost-effective open solutions, and that many companies are building their infrastructures on open source technologies.
IBM continues to actively contribute to open source innovation, and believes that open source will be of vital enterprise importance for four main reasons. First, open source technologies provide a rich source of innovation because of the collective resources and innovation of companies, universities, and individuals. This collaboration has been further enabled in recent years in ways not possible before because of the internet. Second, open source is a great way of driving emerging open standards, which are necessary for choice and interoperability. If you want to establish a new open standard, a good way of doing that is to provide a reference implementation that everyone can read and study. A third key reason is that there are real customer benefits enabled by open source, including technology choice, flexibility, and lower costs; and finally, IBM recognizes that open source technologies can present emerging new business opportunities.
When IBM gets involved in an open source community, we do much more than simply lend our name or contribute financial support, although we certainly do that. Whether it is Linux, Eclipse and Apache development, IBM seeks to contribute in a meaningful way through programmers developing code as part of the community and also by using the technology in our products and customer engagements. This active participation gives us deep insight into the technology which then informs our work with customers. For example, at IBM we have both Linux and KVM programmers and so we have the deep technical skills in-house.
With the growing demand for both open source and virtualization, a perfect storm has brewed to drive demand for open source virtualization with KVM. Today, many IBM clients and partners are virtualizing with KVM and IBM hardware and/or software. Have a look at our KVM Success Stories Book to learn how these companies – several of which are OVA members - are using KVM. As a Governing Member of the OVA, IBM is actively engaged with the OVA member ecosystem. In November we opened our first IBM KVM Center of Excellence in Beijing, and OVA members Bloombase, Red Hat and SUSE participated in a KVM panel discussion during the launch event. We are also working with OVA members to document how they are developing their offerings with KVM and IBM technology, and as a result Bloombase, op5, Radware and Scale Computing recently published their KVM stories. IBM is proud to be a Governing Member of the OVA and hopes that members will continue to be actively involved and seek out opportunities to promote their KVM solutions and offerings.
As the recent KVM Forum alongside LinuxCon Europe demonstrated, there is strong developer interest in KVM. More than 200 programmers participated in the Forum, and the packed rooms were a testament to their support of the technology. This year, the salient message that came out of the Forum is that the basic technology is ready and it is good. Now, the question is how to extend it into new areas. This new OVA website is a major step forward to supporting that goal, and we at IBM fully intend to contribute.
Jean Staten Healy
Director, Worldwide Linux and Open Virtualization, IBM
Board Director, Open Virtualization Alliance
About the Author
Jean Staten Healy manages a marketing and business development organization with the responsibility for IBM Linux and Open Virtualization strategy and marketing across all company brands, and the relationship with IBM's Linux Distribution Partners. She acts as the IBM spokesperson in the Linux and Open Virtualization space and represents IBM on the Board of Directors for the Open Virtualization Alliance. Prior to her current position, Ms. Staten Healy has held positions in IBM’s Software, Hardware, Services and Corporate Headquarters divisions, including the IBM Customer Advocate role in the Office of the Chairman and CEO. Ms. Staten Healy has lived and worked in Asia.
Ms. Staten Healy holds a Masters degree in theoretical linguistics and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree with a Certificate of Concentration in International Law. Ms. Staten Healy is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and Connecticut and is a published author on various legal topics.