Even before Red Hat bought the virtualization company Qumranet, with its Linux KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) platform, Red Hat had made it clear that it was moving into virtualization in a big way. At its annual Red Hat Summit in June, the Linux powerhouse announced that it would be deploying its Embedded Linux Hypervisor, oVirt, which is based on KVM in its server line. This lightweight, embeddable hypervisor currently enables users to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows VMs on Linux.
Now that Red Hat owns Qumranet, Scott Crenshaw, Red Hat's VP of the Platform Business Unit, explains that Red Hat made the move for three reasons. First, to "accelerate time to market for a broad virtualization solution;" then to "keep KVM open source and further the investment in it." And, finally to "extend our virtualization product line into the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) market."