"One of the beauties of KVM is it's part of the kernel and not a separate layer," he said. "“We think it's the next-generation architecture. It's a better hypervisor."
Red Hat will be releasing the 6.0 version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux sometime this year, with KVM as the only included hypervisor. The company will also release the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (REV) within a few weeks, with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) now integrated with server virtualization management.
Red Hat's longer-term plans include Deltacloud, a cloud management software package that will let users spin up computing instances inside their own data centers or on cloud platforms like Amazon and Rackspace with the same code.
The Deltacloud API, which will likely be released early in 2011, will support multiple types of virtualization platforms, including VMware, Cormier said.
"We're tying it together and abstracting away those differences [between cloud platforms]," he said. "Microsoft and VMware say 'we can do this for you, but you have to be completely in our vertical stack.' We think that's computing of the 1980s."