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October 21, 2013

Open Virtualization Alliance Becomes Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

Formed back in 2011, the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) aims to foster the adoption of open virtualization technology, particularly the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). Similarly, the Linux Foundation (News - Alert) aims to foster the growth of Linux, while promoting standardization and technical collaboration of the platform.

With their goals aligning in terms of openness, it’s not too surprising that the OVA has now joined the Linux Foundation in an effort to deepen its ties with the Linux community.

In fact, the OVA is now a Linux Foundation collaborative project – meaning we will now see the two work on KVM marketing and awareness. As part of this effort, the Linux Foundation will increase its investments in KVM through hosting new events.

"While hosting code and providing open source governance best practices is a big part of what we offer, we're also happy to provide guidance to organizations that want to reduce operating costs, maximize promotional reach and increase participation among diverse stakeholders," said Jim Zemlin (News - Alert), executive director at The Linux Foundation. "The Open Virtualization Alliance is a natural addition to our Collaborative Projects and we're very happy to support all virtualization technologies that help advance Linux."

There are currently more than 250 companies that are members of the OVA, each of which will contribute to this new collaborative project. Governing board members include HP, IBM, Intel (News - Alert) Corporation, NetApp and Red Hat. As a Linux Foundation collaborative project, the OVA will continue advancing KVM through increased marketing, education and advocacy.

"The Linux Foundation offers unique expertise in hosting multi-company collaborative efforts and bridging the world of development to businesses. It's a natural fit for us to work closely together to leverage its promotional reach, expertise in running these organizations and in reaching and educating Linux and cloud users throughout the world," said Chuck Dubuque, board chair for the Open Virtualization Alliance.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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