Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 , the latest release of the enterprise virtualization platform of choice, based on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). By providing an infrastructure solution and open source centralized management for workstations and virtual servers, and built on the solid backbone enterprise of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 offers advanced automation through integration with Ansible Red Hat, while new features networking and storage is a safe, flexible foundation for IT innovation.
Red Hat Virtualization enables customers to virtualize legacy applications, which can reduce IT costs through infrastructure consolidation, and helps to integrate existing workload with new technologies, such as private clouds and container-based workloads. This means that companies can optimize their existing infrastructure and at the same time better meet future IT needs, all without the costs, complexity and risks of lock-in of proprietary virtualization solutions.
A key innovation in Red Hat 4.1 Virtualizatiin is the closer integration with the broadest portfolio of Red Hat open hybrid cloud technologies . This means additional support to Red Hat CloudForms and Ansible, with the possibility of a single management interface for heterogeneous data center infrastructure and automation of administrative and operational tasks, role-based. The tighter integration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform helps to further reduce the gap between traditional workloads and cloud-enabled, and the constant link with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 provides enhanced support for Windows-based workloads and allows a CPU hot unplug.
“A large amount of enterprise IT innovations are born from a virtual technological base, which makes open technologies like really basic Red Hat Virtualization at a time when companies are looking to save at the same time continuing to meet the demands from customers and end users, “explains Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization Red Hat . “Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 allows all this by linking a wide variety of technologies, from Linux containers to hybrid cloud based on OpenStack, in one unified stack, effectively creating a fundamental tool for the digital transformation.”
Among other innovations and new features in the latest version of the platform include:
- Best Ansible automation , which makes it possible for end users to automate Red Hat Virtualization Platform using different Ansible 2.3 modules to enhance virtual machines, storage, network, and more.
- Higher levels of availability without the need for power management that allow to restart the virtual machines even when the power management is disabled or unavailable, a feature particularly useful in the case of multi-site cluster.
- Performance and scalability superior storage , with the Storage Pool Manager (SPM) are now able to delegate storage operations to other datacenter host, allowing it to conduct common storage tasks in parallel to achieve a higher throughput. In addition, advanced performance single storage and improved storage management block help administrators quickly remove snapshot when a virtual machine is not in use, and recover storage space by the virtual machine, respectively.
- Open Virtual Network (OVN) for Open vSwitch , available in Tech Preview, enables software-defined networking capabilities (SDN) for enterprise deployments. OVN offers the ability to isolate the management of overlay networking and subnet within Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, for better implementation of datacente, and exposes an API compatible with OpenStack Networking (Neutron) for use with automation Neutron existing.