Open source virtualization is a natural fit for Red Hat, which makes Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other open source products.
Xen was Red Hat's original open source virtualization technology of choice, but that is changing with the upcoming release of RHEL 6, which will only support Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology. KVM is part of the Linux kernel, which offers performance and manageability benefits over Xen, according to Red Hat.
In this interview from the Red Hat Summit in Boston, Navin Thadani, senior director of Red Hat's virtualization business, discusses the company's open source virtualization and cloud computing strategies.
He and other Red Hat executives believe open source virtualization will give customers more choice and flexibility, which are crucial for successful cloud deployments.