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IBM and Red Hat Introduce Local Virtualisation Facility in Sydney



Facility for demonstrating Red Hat’s new generation virtualisation portfolio

SYDNEY, January 19, 2012 – IBM and Red Hat have launched an interactive virtualisation facility at the IBM Solutions Centre in St Leonards, to coincide with the global general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0.

The venue will enable the two industry leaders and their partners to showcase and demonstrate new virtualisation and cloud computing solutions resulting from their collaboration, including the latest based on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0.

A valuable resource for IBM and Red Hat partners, the virtualisation facility will also offer customers the opportunity to experience first-hand the advanced virtualisation capabilities of Red Hat and IBM and discover how they are leading the way with superior performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). In addition, customers will be able to examine virtualisation as a key enabler of cloud computing for facilitating the move from a virtual resource pool to a private and public cloud and back again; and learn more about IBM and Red Hat’s commitment to shared innovation for the Australian marketplace.

Those new to Red Hat can utilise the facility to experience proof of concepts, talk to experts on site and find out how to migrate from a traditional virtualisation architecture to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, in order to virtualise critical enterprise server workloads with compelling performance, robust security and costs among the lowest in class.

IBM and Red Hat's relationship extends well over ten years and during that time has delivered exciting opportunities for both organisations. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 on IBM System X hardware represents the latest success in the IBM and Red Hat relationship, boasting impressive performance, scalability and lower TCO compared to other virtualisation solutions.

Based on the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) project, of which IBM is a key contributor, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offers businesses the ability to scale virtual machine environments far beyond those of traditional x86 based virtualisation technologies. This sets a new standard with virtual machine density by offering nearly twice that of any nearest virtualisation competitor[1].

“A great many organisations are focused on evolving their virtualised environments into solid cloud computing solutions, and selecting the right technologies and processes to achieve that can be a challenge. As a foundation they need a robust, scalable and secure virtualisation substrate, along with proven enterprise technologies including operating systems, management tools and ISV applications. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 delivers a compelling virtualisation solution to meet these needs,” said Max McLaren, VP and GM for Red Hat Australia and New Zealand. 

“The launch of this virtualisation facility as part of our collaboration with IBM aims to simplify the experience. By giving our partners and their customers the opportunity to interact with core virtualisation and cloud technologies, like Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, we can enable them to build highly effective, best practice solutions that meet specific business needs.”

To download a free evaluation of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, visit www.redhat.com/rhev3.

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[1] SpecVirt2010 Results: http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2010/results/specvirt_sc2010_perf.html