Red Hat to Virtualize Its Way to the Kernel

Virtual machines are all the rage these days, seeing deployment from huge server farms right down to the personal desktop box. Now Red Hat plans to make Linux the virtualizer to beat, by putting virtualization management straight into the kernel.

The announcementone of many at this week's Red Hat Summit — made by product and technologies chief Paul Cormier, promises to supply a built-in Kernel Virtual Machine-based hypervisor with the capability to manage thousands of VMs at a time. Christened oVirt and bearing the GPL (v2) banner, the project is already offering a web console for handling virtual machines from cradle to grave, and an API to manage remote VMs — both Xen and KVM based — from within oVirt.

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