Open Virtualization Alliance Welcomes NetApp to Governing Board NetApp joins Founding Members HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat as Governing Member Business Wire SAN FRANCISCO -- September 19, 2013 The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), an open virtualization technology, today announced that NetApp has joined the organization as a Governing Member. KVM provides unique advantages for companies looking for an open alternative for both traditional data center virtualization and scalable cloud deployments. KVM combines performance, security and flexibility with a cost effective, open source solution. With these advantages offered by KVM, the OVA has gained strong participation from partners who offer comprehensive KVM solutions across the spectrum from enterprise systems to cloud computing. NetApp, a leader in innovative storage and data management solutions, was the first enterprise storage vendor to recognize the importance and long-term impact of KVM by committing resources and providing integration via the ovirt.org, an open source data center virtualization management community initiative. This collaboration has also resulted in numerous solutions and integrations with virtualization and cloud solutions from HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat, as well as the OpenStack project. NetApp’s commitment to KVM stems from the fact that scalable virtualization solutions require considerations in the area of storage. Environments can only scale out as fast as their underlying storage allows. NetApp will continue to provide guidance to enable partners and customers that seek to use KVM as their foundation. “As customers move to cloud and require more openness, execution speed, and economic value, open virtualization is what delivers to customer requirements,” said David Dale, Director of Standards, NetApp. “After being an active contributor and leader in the KVM community for several years, NetApp is now excited to take an instrumental role as an Open Virtualization Alliance governing member to further promote open customer solutions.” “Virtualization is expanding far beyond simple server virtualization to encompass all aspects of the data center, including storage, compute and networking,” said Doug Oathout, OVA Board Member, Vice President, Channel & Alliances, HP. “The Open Virtualization Alliance welcomes NetApp as a governing member, where its deep expertise will help promote KVM and expand the OVA ecosystem.” Open Virtualization Alliance Membership HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat, the founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), created the OVA and it has quickly grown to a consortium of hundreds of members. HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat, who are also the Governing Members of the OVA, believe that Open Virtualization with KVM offers an alternative enterprise-class virtualization solution choice that is cost effective, and is of strategic importance to enterprises and cloud service providers. More than 200 technology companies have joined the OVA in total, delivering over a 20-fold growth in members since its launch. About the Open Virtualization Alliance The mission of the Open Virtualization Alliance is to foster the adoption of KVM as an open virtualization alternative, accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM, increase overall awareness and understanding of KVM, encourage interoperability, promote best practices and highlight examples of customer successes. For more information about the Open Virtualization Alliance and its members, visit www.openvirtualizationalliance.org. Contact: Red Hat, Inc. on behalf of the Open Virtualization Alliance Anna Eusebio, 919-754-4519 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Virtualization Alliance Welcomes NetApp to Governing Board
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