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Red Hat sees virtualization as route for 2006 - Computerworld

Another significant player shows up with aspirations to be the centerpiece in the Next Generation Data Center sweepstakes.   When the battle is over, who will wear the crown?

Link: Red Hat sees virtualization as route for 2006

... Though Red Hat offered few specifics on its virtualization plans, the company is expected to include Version 3 of Xen in its upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 product, which is expected sometime in 2006, according to Tony Iams, a senior analyst at research firm Ideas International Inc.

But the more interesting part of Red Hat's virtualization road map will be based on the load-balancing and workload automation tools that it will eventually develop to take advantage of the Xen virtualization capabilities, Iams said. That software, which is probably still several years away, will put Red Hat in competition with vendors of proprietary systems, such as Microsoft Corp. and EMC's VMware Inc. subsidiary. But it may also put Red Hat in competition with its Linux partner, IBM.

Red Hat is fixated on management opportunities and wants to have open-source versions of higher level management software, according to Iams. "That's quite ambitious, because now you're going after the bread and butter of the VMwares and even the IBMs out there," he said.  ...

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