Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 is now available, giving Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) new ammunition in its battle against VMware (NYSE: VMW) vSphere and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Hyper-V. The bigger question: How will each vendor promote virtualization as customers increasingly explore software-defined data centers?
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.
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.
The VAR Guy: "When Red Hat Summit starts June 22 in Boston, Red Hat will maintain a careful virtualization balancing act. During one session, Red Hat and Microsoft will discuss how they work together on virtualization. But during a separate session, Red Hat will describe how Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) offers cost advantages over both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V."
Sure, Red Hat strives to compete with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. But the Linux company realizes it must also show VMware and Hyper-V a little love. A prime example: The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 release offers an “improved virtual guest experience on VMware and Hyper-V,” Red Hat claims.
Amid the virtualization war between VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), The VAR Guy continues to wonder: Can Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, based on the KVM open source platform, battle its way into a leadership position?