I recently came across an interesting blog post about RHEV-M going open source. I don’t know how I missed this one but I haven’t seen much about this in the blogosphere or from Red Hat. In case you don't know, RHEV-M is Red Hat's Enterprise Virtualization Manager product for managing virtual machines primarily within a data center. The writer is a developer from Israel called Livnat Peer so I’m assuming that he was one of the original qumranet developers before being acquired by Red Hat. The original post can be found here. Another Red Hat developer, Mark McLoughlin, also referred to this blog post in his personal blog here so it does look legit.
In Livnat’s post he talks about the process of porting RHEV-M from C# to Java and the challenges in coming up with a strategy for porting the application. It’s an interesting read but more importantly it’ll be interesting to see what kind of impact this has on the KVM market. KVM is a great product but lacks a really professional management application that’s widely available. Red Hat has always proven themselves to be a good open source citizen and I have no doubt that they will deliver a great product. I’m looking forward to see how this turns out and hope that this helps with the adoption of KVM to a wider community. Some users are cringing about the fact that java was the chosen language but let’s wait and see. Please feel free to post your comments.