The OVA (Open Virtualization Alliance) has gained recognition in the recent past. The alliance promotes the adoption of open virtualization technologies as a larger, enterprise-sized solution. The open virtualization technology that the OVA specifically promotes is KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine).

A kernel-based virtual machine is a virtual machine that mirrors every hardware aspect of the machine it’s running on. It runs on Windows, many versions of Linux, a variety of other operating systems, and a version of KVM even runs on Mac OS.

KVM enables companies to build a variety of cloud deployments. Because OVA is comprised of companies interested in web hosting solutions and cloud computing, KVM is a great benefit for them. On top of the variety KVM supplies, it is also free, because it is open-sourced. Because of OVA’s publicity for KVM and themselves, both the alliance and the KVM have gained popularity.

Some of the key attributes of cloud computing are virtualization, reliability, flexibility, and efficiency. Cloud computing services must provide end users all these features and KVM facilitates OVA’s members to meet these customer demands. Again, KVM’s cost is just right. Also, KVM takes up an incredibly small amount of data and therefore takes up less server resources. This helps improve server performance for the companies involved with OVA that utilize KVM.

In areas of the world where tech is booming (e.g. Asia-Pacific), OVA is gaining more popularity, and concurrently, so is KVM. In other areas of the world, tech is beginning to gain speed in growth, and KVM can be a great help there as an enterprise-ready open virtualization solution for companies that are interested in web hosting solutions and cloud computing. With these common goals, it won’t be difficult for OVA to gain new members to further their cause of spreading KVM as a viable solution for serious enterprises.