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Virtualization Big At LinuxWorld

Virtualization is being heard all over the LinuxWorld Expo this week, with several established and startup vendors touting new ways to make the data center more virtual.

VMware this week is introducing an initiative with several other hardware and software vendors to develop virtualization standards, said Jeffrey Englemann, executive vice president of marketing at the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company.

Joining VMware in the initiative are AMD, BEA Systems, BMC Software, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates International, Dell, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Mellanox, Novell, QLogic, Red Hat, and Virtual Iron Software.

Not joining so far are key competitors such as Microsoft and Herndon, Va.-based SWsoft. "We would like them to be involved," said Karthik Rau, director of product management.

VMware also is introducing its new Community Source program, which provides developers access to the VMware ESX Server source under a royalty-free license, Englemann said. "We want to make it easier for partners to accelerate virtualization solutions in the market," he said.

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