Open Virtualization Alliance Welcomes NetApp to Governing Board

  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, 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

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


Red Hat, Inc. on behalf of the Open Virtualization Alliance
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