Red Hat announced Wednesday general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5, allowing enterprises to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualization workloads while creating an enterprise-grade foundation for cloud infrastructure.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 delivers standardized services for mission critical workloads, and offers IT organizations enhanced visibility into provisioning, configuring and monitoring of their virtualization infrastructure, based on open standards.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offers complete enterprise virtualization management for servers and desktops on the same infrastructure. Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it delivers reliable business agility and continuity for critical Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads at the scale needed. As its part of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, clients can prepare for the cloud for a lot less than proprietary virtualization solutions.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 features lifecycle management and provisioning of bare-metal hosts through integration with Red Hat Satellite, computes resource optimization through advanced real-time analytics with oVirt Optimizer integration. This enables users to identify the balance of resource allocation that best meets their needs, while provisioning new virtual machines.
By transitioning workloads from physical servers to virtual machines (VMs), data center consolidation increases the utilization and agility of computing resources while reducing operational costs with more competent use of power and space. Capital cost savings in server hardware is the most immediate benefit and can range from a reduction of 40 to 75 percent.
The operations team also benefits from the reduced requirements for space and power and from the improved ongoing management of servers. For new server hardware, more can be done with less as multiple workloads (running on VMs) can use shared physical servers.
Virtual machines can also be provisioned much more rapidly than physical servers. High availability and rapid recovery are built into the solution at a much lower cost than with physical servers, leading to cost savings benefits for ongoing business continuity.
With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, users can take advantage of existing people skills and investments, decrease total cost of ownership and boost return on investment, while automate time-consuming and complicated manual tasks, and standardizing storage, infrastructure, and networking services on OpenStack. Built from open standards and APIs with an active community of contributors, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization prevents proprietary vendor lock-in at lowest TCO among enterprise virtualization platforms.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 also includes workload performance and scalability provided through non-uniform memory access (NUMA) support, which is extended to host NUMA, guest pinning and virtual NUMA. This allows users to deploy highly scalable workloads with improved performance and minimizes resource overload related to physical memory access times.
The offering also offers enhanced disaster recovery through improved storage domain handling, providing support for migrating storage domains between different data centers supported by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, enabling partner technologies to deliver site recovery capabilities.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization also serves as an ideal foundation for both traditional virtualization and highly flexible cloud-enabled workloads built on OpenStack.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 includes features that enhance this foundation for cloud-enabled workloads by integrating and sharing common services with OpenStack Image Service (Glance) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron), available as a Tech Preview, enabling administrators to break down silos and to deploy resources once across the infrastructure. It also offers instance types that unify the process of provisioning virtual machines for both virtual and cloud-enabled workloads.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 is available as a standalone offering including hypervisor and manager for virtualized enterprise workloads for supported guest operating systems.
As an integrated offering called Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Smart Virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 is targeted at users aiming to maximize benefits of their virtualized infrastructure with Linux workloads. This offering combines innovation, performance, scalability, reliability and security features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the advanced virtualization management capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
Through Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 becomes a comprehensive solution that supports organizations on their journey from traditional data center virtualization to OpenStack-powered clouds. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure is a single subscription offering that includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.