Virtual systems provider VMWare--the software arm of storage leader EMC--is announcing the formation of an industry consortium for the formation of open virtualization standards.

Such standards would enable complex processor networks to provide simpler points of access, and complex storage networks to provide users with volumes that are easier to navigate.

In addition to VMWare, the consortium will include AMD, BEA Systems, BMC Software, Broadcom, Cisco, Computer Associates International, Dell, Emulex, HP, IBM, Intel, Mellanox, Novell, QLogic and Red Hat.