Open Virtualization Alliance Membership Swells with Cloud Companies and in Emerging Markets

Since its launch, the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) has grown to include more than 200 members, indicating the keen interest in open virtualization and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). The OVA was founded in May 2011 by industry leaders including Red Hat, SUSE, and IBM in May 2011.

KVM provides unique advantages for companies looking for an open alternative for building cloud deployments and in emerging markets where cost and freedom from vendor lock-in are key criteria in selecting a virtualization solution. With the benefits offered by KVM, the OVA has gained particular traction and participation from cloud and emerging markets-focused technology companies in the recent months since its establishment.

More than 50% of OVA members are focused on cloud computing, and virtualization is a key component of every cloud. In addition, OVA membership is also growing significantly among companies in new global regions, including Asia Pacific and Latin America, as businesses in growth markets need to be able to start fast and quickly scale their operations with minimum investment.

The consortium announced the addition of 65 members in June 2011 and just last month announced that it is building on this fast-growing membership with the addition of 134 new members. In total, more than 200 technology companies have joined the OVA, delivering over a 20-fold growth in members since its launch 3 months ago.

One of the consortium's goals is to foster the development of best practices around KVM, and work has begun among participating members of the OVA to create and publish KVM-specific documentation. Through the OVA's call for papers, members can submit best practices, performance and optimization resources, tips and tricks, technical white papers, case studies and solution summaries. For more information about the Open Virtualization Alliance and its members, visit