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CloudSigma joins the Open Virtualisation Alliance (OVA)

July 15, 2011 by  

Hosting ServicesZürich – CloudSigma AG, the public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider based in Switzerland, today announced its membership of the Open Virtualisation Alliance (OVA). The OVA aims to further support for open source virtualisation around KVM and foster interoperability between various cloud market participants.

Patrick Baillie, CEO commented ‘We’ve always been committed from inception to both the open source software movement and interoperability and easy data portability within the cloud. We are proud to join the Open Virtualisation Alliance and contribute to open virtualisation platforms and computing.’

The rapid emergence of cloud computing over the last few years has spawned a divergent field of vendors each offering their own version of IaaS. A significant concern registered by potential cloud computing users has been vendor lock-in. Open source software platforms enable rapid uptake of cloud computing standards as well as transparency and visibility on security matters that is harder to achieve with proprietary, commercial hypervisor options.

KVM: A Hypervisor with Momentum

When making the choice of hypervisor to use for the CloudSigma cloud, the company reviewed all the major hypervisors available on the marketplace. Although relatively new at the time, it was clear that KVM had an unrivalled developer support base. Subsequently CloudSigma has found each iteration of KVM to be more powerful and with significant better performance than the last.

Being part of the mainstream Linux kernel and development community, CloudSigma is able to deploy its cloud on a wide range of hardware out of the box. This has allowed the company to delivery performance levels unrivalled by other larger cloud vendors (see https://cloudsleuth.net/web/guest/global-provider-view selecting Europe).

Strong & Growing Membership
The mission of the Open Virtualization Alliance is to foster the adoption of KVM as an open virtualization alternative, accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM, increase overall awareness and understanding of KVM, encourage interoperability, promote best practices and highlight examples of customer successes.  Founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance include BMC Software, Eucalytpus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE. Since launch, the OVA has gained significant market recognition and participation, welcoming more than 65 new members in its first month.

“We are very pleased to welcome CloudSigma into the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), ” said Scott Crenshaw, vice president and general manager, Cloud Business at Red Hat and a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance. “This groundswell of support for the Open Virtualization Alliance from industry leaders and innovators shows the overwhelming demand for KVM as the open virtualization alternative. KVM delivers leading performance, scalability and security, making it the ideal alternative to proprietary virtualization technologies.”

About CloudSigma AG
CloudSigma AG, based in Zürich, Switzerland provides a pure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform offering high security, flexible cloud servers. Our innovative web console as well as API are designed to make cloud computing and cloud hosting straightforward. High availability redundant infrastructure is backed up by a generous Service Level Agreement that covers not only availability but also performance.

About Open Virtualization Alliance
The mission of the Open Virtualization Alliance is to foster the adoption of KVM as an open virtualization alternative, accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem of third-party solutions around KVM, increase overall awareness and understanding of KVM, encourage interoperability, promote best practices and highlight examples of customer successes. Founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance include BMC Software, Eucalytpus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE.

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