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Big vendors look to challenge VMware with open source

Patrick Thibodeau | May 19, 2011
Several big IT vendors, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, BMC Software, Intel and Red Hat, announced this week that they are banding together to promote an open-source virtualization platform -- Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) -- as an alternative to VMware.

BMC management tools support VMware, among other technologies, and that company's CTO and Senior Vice President Kia Behnia said its decision to join OVA doesn't change its support for VMware programs. BMC is simply focused on giving customers options.

BMC is "significantly investing in R&D in support of KVM," said Behnia.

VMware officials declined to comment on OVA's creation.

 

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