A Red Hat’ virtualization solution and an IBM server have achieved a new security clearance level through an internationally-recognized and government standard-based evaluation, the companies announced Wednesday.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, jointly developed with the National Security Agency, runs with IBM’s KVM hypervisor achieved common criteria certification evaluation assurance level 4+.
Paul Smith, Red Hat’s public sector general manager and vice president, said the companies expect the certification will pave the way for broader adoption of private cloud infrastructures in government agencies.
The security certification marks the first time an open source virtualization solution has achieved recognition under the evaluation system, the companies said.
Both solutions meet government security standards, allowing agencies to use open virtualization solutions in their cloud computing environments, Red Hat said.
Smith said that SELinux addresses government agencies’ concerns related to virtualization since it allows users to run virtual resources in secure and separate containers.
Lynne Corddry, Red Hat’s business development vice president for the public sector at Red Hat, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz about Red Hat’s Linux solutions and virtualization solutions that could derive from the firm’s purchase of big data firm Gluster.