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The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) says it will OVA will continue to advance KVM through marketing, education and advocacy as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) says it will continue to advance KVM through marketing, education and advocacy as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

In a bid to extend its relationship with the global Linux development community the Open Virtualization Alliance announced today that it is joining the Linux Foundation to become a collaborative project.

The organisation announced the news during the LinuxCon Europe conference in Edinburgh today.

The Linux Foundation, created in 2007 as a support forum for the global development community working on the popular open source computing language, says that collaborative projects are independently funded software projects that can take advantage of the Foundation’s global network of industry stakeholders and software developers.

The Open Virtualisation Alliance (OV), a consortium of 250 companies committed to encouraging the adoption of open-source virtualisation technologies like KVM (kernel-based virtual machine) says its newly announced partnership with the Linux Foundation will bring the latter’s organisational and educational expertise to bear on the OVA’s efforts to increase the adoption of open source virtualisation technologies.

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

“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, executive director at The Linux Foundation.

The Linux Foundation is keeping increasingly close tabs on the development of virtualisation technologies underpinning a range of cloud services, many of which have Linux at their core. It also hosts a collaborative project focusing on the Xen hypervisor, an open source virtualisation technology donated by Citrix earlier this year and backed by Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Cisco, and Google among others.

Al Gillen, programme vice president of system software at research and analysis firm IDC said that the collaborative project may significantly help the OVA gain new expertise in helping companies adopt open source virtualisation technologies like KVM. He said the Foundation can apply its expertise beyond Linux to help other open source projects organise better and improve collaboration.

“The Linux Foundation hosts some of the most important technology efforts in the software industry today. It is also widely known for its ability to educate and advocate for those technologies,” Gillen said. “By moving to The Linux Foundation as a Collaborative Project, OVA will gain expertise and an extended network that will benefit KVM for the long run.”