Red Hat updates KVM Virtualization Program

These days data centers and the cloud run on virtualization. The leading business Linux provider, Red Hat, knows this and has released an update to Red Hat Enterprise Visualization (RHEV) project: RHEV 3.6.
 
The company in its official blog states,
 
“Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6. This new version of Red Hat’s KVM-based virtualization solution offers increased performance, scale, and security for high-intensity Linux workloads. It also updates user experience and management tools to help reduce cost and time of VMware migrations by eliminating the need to purchase a third-party migration tool. Lowering the costs and sprawl of proprietary virtualization solutions is a common customer challenge addressed by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.”
 
RHEV is based on Linux’s built-in virtualization engine-KVM, while RHEV can be used for desktops and servers; the company has focused on improving it for servers.
 
With this release, Red Hat claims that it has increased its performance, scale, and security for high-intensity Linux workloads. The immediate target, however, is to encourage business to migrate from VMware Sphere to RHEV, by improving user experience, and management tools in order to reduce cost and time of VMware migrations by eliminating the need for an expensive third-party migration tools.
 
Wing K. LeeChief Executive Officer, YTL Communications, states,
 
“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has provided the flexibility we need to offer a highly reliable and scalable cloud and 4G service in Malaysia. As the flag-bearer of nationwide 4G service in Malaysia, we expect that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization will continue to enable us to deliver unparalleled experience to our customers as we embark on exciting new 4G services to help the country progress and to close the digital divide.”
 
The complete lists of the new features are given below:
 
Increased Performance and Scalability
  • Hotplug memory support provides dynamic, one-click memory scaling, working with underlying infrastructure to give an application more memory “on the fly” while avoiding disruption to the application runtime.
  • PCI device assignment enables administrators to directly assign a physical adaptor or device to a virtual machine, allowing for near bare-metal performance for graphics and networking-intensive computing. 
Security Updates & Risk Management 
  • Host Update Manager: Streamlines the patch release process across the virtualized environment through integration with Red Hat Satellite, a systems management solution used by half of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers.
  • Object Health Status: Provides visibility into external system health events, such as issues with storage, CPU, server or hard-drive performance, via the Red Hat Enterprise VIrtualization interface. This feature alerts admins to events that may cause downtime or negatively impact virtual machine performance, so they can proactively manage risk and potential downtime.
Simplified VMware Migration 
  • Virtual machine-to-virtual machine (Virt-v2v) Integration: Enables customers to identify critical Linux workloads to move to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization by connecting directly to vCenter and providing simple click-through steps to migrate the workload over. This select workload migration strategy can lower total cost of virtualization and improve performance of mission-critical Linux workloads without the pain of rip and replace.
The company states,
 
“Building on previous releases, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 provides the infrastructure layer for customers to move their workloads to containers or the cloud. It also integrates with Red Hat’s hybrid cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms, to manage heterogeneous environments across multiple clouds, hypervisors, containers, and traditional computing infrastructure.”