Red Hat to Drive Virtualization Innovation with SPICE

Red Hat, Inc. the world’s leading provider of open
source solutions, today announced that, in an effort to openly
collaborate with partners to drive the future of virtualization, it has
open sourced its SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing
Environment) hosted virtual desktop protocol.  SPICE is a core
component of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops product
that is currently in beta. Through the Spice project, Red Hat will
collaborate with its partners and the open source community to expand
the development of the protocol in an effort to help break down
barriers to virtualization adoption.

A component of Red Hat’s September 2008 acquisition of Qumranet,
SPICE is an adaptive remote rendering protocol designed specifically
for virtual environments.  With its modern, high-performance
communications technology, SPICE aims to provide a seamless user
experience for today’s bandwidth-intensive applications such as
multi-media and VoIP, offering a user experience comparable to that of
a physical desktop.

“By open sourcing this technology, we are allowing our industry
partners and the community to contribute to the future of
virtualization with us,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president,
Engineering at Red Hat.  “The SPICE protocol is designed to optimize
performance by automatically adapting to the graphics and
communications environment that it is running in, so vendors have a
terrific opportunity to enhance it for their specific applications.
Open sourcing technologies is at the heart of Red Hat’s development and
business model, and we hope that the ecosystem around desktop
virtualization will now grow more rapidly and deliver more innovation
to customers sooner.”

“While open sourcing acquired technologies is only logical for Red
Hat, the company is backing its release of the SPICE protocol source
code as open source with supporting implementation code and components
for server and client deployment,” said Jay Lyman, enterprise software
analyst with The 451 Group. “We’re still very early on in the adoption
of virtual desktop technology and standards, but an open source SPICE
has real potential to build developer and ecosystem support and to
serve as a common layer among different VDI options.”

“Red Hat’s delivery of the open source SPICE protocol is an
important step toward the goal of interoperability for the industry’s
heterogeneous virtualization solutions,” said Daniel Frye, vice
president, Open Systems Development, IBM. “We look forward to working
with Red Hat and the open source community to drive virtualization
adoption forward.”

“Devon IT is at the forefront of delivering multimedia through thin
client solutions and is a strong supporter of the SPICE protocol using
our thin clients,” said Joe Makoid, president, Devon IT.  “Open
sourcing paves the way for an industry standard upon which Devon IT can
help customers build valuable solutions.  Devon IT is pleased to offer
our leadership to help enable open source solutions that integrate into
customers’ existing environments.”

SPICE is one of three main technology components included in Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops, a solution set currently in a
private beta with general availability expected in 2010.


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