"Red Hat customers enjoy highly responsive, flexible, and cost-effective IT infrastructures," said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO at Red Hat. "This acquisition furthers our capability to widen the gap between open source and proprietary infrastructure software. Put simply, Qumranet's KVM and VDI technologies are at the forefront of the next generation of virtualization. They represent an opportunity to raise the bar and meet the market's demand for virtualization solutions."
And if you were wondering, they also said the acquisition doesn't mean the end of the Xen hypervisor at Red Hat -- at least not yet. The company said it would continue to support Xen until at least 2014 (seven years after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5). Red Hat continues to be an active member of the Xen development community and is currently working on further integration work between the Xen hypervisor and the Linux kernel.
Much like it did with its acquisition of JBOSS, Red Hat's latest acquisition of Qumranet is expected to shake things up in the industry. Lines are being drawn in the sand between KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, Parallels, VMware, and others. But Red Hat's future now seems to be shaped by KVM. So how does it all play out in the end?