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Red Hat takes KVM leap; news in brief

Red Hat leaves Xen, Rivals eye Nortel voice customers

IT channel news in brief for June 25, 2009

Podcast: Red Hat shifts from Xen to KVM

Red Hat's upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization suite is based on the kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and not Xen. Navin Thadani, senior director of Red Hat Inc.'s virtualization business, talks about the move and what it means for the company's standing in server virtualization in SearchServerVirtualization.com's This Week in Virtualization podcast.

The new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is in private beta and the company will include the KVM-based hypervisor in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 later this year.

Nortel's voice customers are its only asset

Now that Nortel's businesses are on the block, Avaya, Siemens Enterprise Networks and perhaps Alcatel-Lucent are circling, but they are more interested in Nortel's legacy customers than its products, according to SearchUnifiedComputing.com.

"I think the value Nortel has is its customer base," said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president of Yankee Group Research Inc. "[For] a company like Avaya or Siemens, that's what's appealing."

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