IBM, Red Hat unveil Sydney virtualization centre

Demonstrations include how to from traditional virtualization architecture

IBM and Red Hat have launched a virtualization facility at IBM's Solutions Centre in St Leonards, Sydney to demonstrate new virtualization and Cloud computing offerings for customers.

The facility, launched to coincide with Red Hat’s Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 release, will also offer customers the opportunity to experience proof of concepts, talk to experts on site and find out how to migrate from traditional virtualization architecture.

The latest version of Enterprise Virtualization is based on the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) project, a full virtualization hypervisor which can run both Windows and Linux guests. According to Red Hat Australia and New Zealand vice-president, Max McLaren, the software offers businesses the ability to scale virtual machine environments far beyond those of traditional x86 based virtualization technologies

He said in a statement that many organisations are focussed on evolving their virtualized environments into Cloud computing offerings, and selecting the right technologies and processes to achieve that can be a challenge.

“The launch of this virtualization facility as part of our collaboration with IBM aims to simplify the experience,” McLaren said.

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