Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) each had a small but noticeable presence at VMworld 2012. Call it a case of cooperating, even amid potential competition between Oracle VM, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.1 and VMware vSphere
VMware certainly wants to tout its work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle applications.
Open source virtualization is already an important part of the enterprise, where it has become quite competitive with VMware and other proprietary solutions. And it's set to become more influential still with IBM's announcement that support for the KVM hypervisor on IBM Power servers will appear sometime in the coming year.
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) are countering VMware (NYSE: VMW) in the government market, promoting a secure virtualization platform on IBM x86 servers. But here’s the twist: VMware has offered a similar level of security since at least 2010.