Qumranet was unknown to me before Redmond magazine Editor Ed Scannell
did an interview
with its CEO. I found out from Ed (and CEO Benny Schnaider) that Qumranet
has an open source Type 2 hypervisor. That means the hypervisor runs on top
of an OS (in this case Linux) and the OS runs against the processor.
Red Hat, which paid just north of $100 million for Qumranet, is now hoping
to push this hypervisor, called KVM, as the primary solution for Linux. With
Red Hat's muscle and Xen owner Citrix's love of Hyper-V, Red Hat might just
get its way.
Red Hat also gets a commercial desktop virtualization product out of the deal.
There are quite a few of those in the market already.
Posted by Doug Barney on September 09, 2008 at 11:52 AM
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