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Qumranet, Inc was an enterprise software company offering a desktop virtualization platform based on hosted desktops in Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVM) on servers, linked with their SPICE protocol. The company was also the creator, maintainer and global sponsor of the KVM open source hypervisor.


From a low-profile Israeli startup[1] the company made waves with the rapid acceptance of KVM into the Linux kernel,[2] and their Solid ICE desktop virtualization platform has received serious attention.[3][4]

On September 4, 2008, Qumranet was acquired by Red Hat, Inc for $107 million USD.[5]

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  1. ^ Businessweek.com Archived March 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., "Sequoia, Norwest, Storm Fund Israeli Startups"
  2. ^ Heise.de Archived March 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., "Virtualization solution KVM will be in the next version of Linux"
  3. ^ ITbusinessedge.com, "Barbarians at the VMware Gate"
  4. ^ "Skating on Solid ICE Desktop Virtualization"
  5. ^ "Red Hat Advances Virtualization Leadership with Qumranet, Inc. Acquisition" (Red Hat press release)
  6. ^ Businessweek.com "Qumranet, Inc."

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