Red Hat has announced a partnership with business process automation firm UC4 to help compete with VMware's vSphere in the virtualisation market.
The partnership will allow Red Hat customers to better manage virtualisation environments by adding predictive and automated provisioning to Red Hat's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, the firm said.
Red Hat believes that customers will be able to spend less time and effort provisioning KVMs, and IT departments will achieve more aggressive service level agreements.
Businesses are increasingly moving to virtualised and cloud infrastructures, and the ability to fully automate all IT processes using one solution is becoming more important, according to Red Hat.
In May, Red Hat helped to develop the Open Virtualisation Alliance (OVA), a consortuim committed to fostering the adoption of open source virtualisation technologies and challenging the dominance of VMware.
UC4 chief marketing officer Randy Clark explained that the partnership will help Red Hat continue its battle against VMware.
"VMware has been hyper aggressive about building out its management suite and tools. It also has an aggressive ecosystem strategy to develop the tool providers supporting VMware," he said.
"In the market's perspective Red Hat has fallen behind, and what it is doing with the consortium and by partnering with UC4 is to even the stakes and complement the process orchestration layer of its management stack."
Clark confirmed that the deal involved no financial transfers as it is seen as a "move forward for both companies".
UC4 will be able to better compete with its rivals, such as BMC and CA, because of the partnership, he added.
"We like challenging the big brands. UC4 and Red Hat are kindred spirits in this sense. We want to give the market a choice from the status quo," Clark said.
Red Hat recently moved its Enterprise Virtualisation 3.0 software into beta testing, offering extended support for server platforms and improved hardware capacity in yet another move to take on VMware.
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