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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Everything you need to virtualize enterprise servers and desktops

Virtualization can vastly improve efficiency, free up resources, and cut costs. But you don't want to sacrifice performance, security, and existing investments. As you plan for your cloud deployment process, it's important to build common services that use your virtualization investment and the cloud, while avoiding vendor lock-in.

What if you could virtualize both your servers and desktops, manage them from 1 simple interface, and prepare for the cloud on your terms—without compromise?

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What our customers are saying

We see a clear ROI from our use of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, not only for the hardware costs, but also from the manpower it takes from spinning up a cluster and getting VMs deployed and managed.

—Micheal Waltz, Qualcomm

Virtualization that acts like bare metal

Only 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 you need. And because it's part of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, you can prepare for the cloud for a lot less than proprietary solutions.

Record–setting performance and scalability

Compared to bare metal, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization can perform as well or better[1], offering robust Microsoft Exchange performance and high I/O throughput in Oracle database workloads. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization produced record-setting SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark results, including highest overall performance and highest number of well-performing virtual machines (VMs) on a single server[1].

The proof

  • Up to 95% to 140% performance gains for real-world enterprise workloads like SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Exchange[1]
  • Consolidation ratios of 850+ VMs with enterprise workloads running on a single server[2]
  • Support for up to 160 logical CPUs and up to 2TB of memory per virtual machine

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Take control of your technology—and future

Get more flexibility and choice than closed, proprietary solutions. Based on open standards, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization works with Linux and Windows environments, and enterprise applications like Oracle, SAP, and SAS—freeing you from vendor lock-in. Plus, our extensive IHV and ISV ecosystem has thousands of hardware configurations and complementary apps to choose from.

What could you do with 75% savings?

Many IT organizations pay a premium for platforms that perform similar to x86 systems. And that legacy UNIX platform you maintain? It's costing more than it would to replace it with a new x86 server and Red Hat software.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a lower-cost alternative to expensive proprietary solutions, leaving room in your budget for other initiatives. You can deploy more virtualized servers today and—with a quicker return on investment (ROI)—install your next virtualization project sooner.

Ways you can save

  • Save up to 50% to 75%[3] over proprietary alternatives.
  • Low-cost, high-value subscriptions include new releases at no extra charge.
  • Lower operational costs can lead to upfront subscription costs being paid off in as little as 7 months[4].
  • Consolidate and virtualize onto fewer systems to help reduce the number of IT staff needed.
  • Faster time to deployment reduces TCO.

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Military–class security is built right in

With Red Hat, security doesn't cost extra. sVirt and SELinux provide kernel-level protection against hypervisor and guest exploits. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, including the KVM hypervisor, is Common Criteria EAL 4+ certified. And all security features are easy to use, administer, and manage, helping you:

  • Protect multiple tenants.
  • Fix critical vulnerabilities fast—most within 1 day.
  • Protect data at rest or moving across the network.
  • Reduce exposure with strict permissions.
  • Simplify auditing with the complete separation of guests.
  • Protect against malicious software attacks with cryptography.
  • Get ready for the cloud

    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a component of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, which lets you build and manage private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization provides common underlying services and management technologies for traditional virtualization workloads while providing an on-ramp to high-level cloud functionality based on OpenStack®.

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    Painless virtualization management

    Datacenter complexity is overwhelming. But Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms provide 1 easy-to-use management environment for your entire virtualization infrastructure—including provisioning, deployment, and analysis. Manage tens, hundreds, or thousands of physical and virtual servers as easily as 1, and more accurately forecast hardware resources.

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    Virtualize your desktops

    Only Red Hat lets you virtualize desktops on the same infrastructure as servers at no added cost, giving you:

    • A seamless user experience. The powerful SPICE remote protocol delivers a user experience that's nearly indistinguishable from that of a local PC workstation.
    • Security. By moving desktop environments off disparately located desktop PCs into a centrally controlled datacenter, you safeguard company data and comply with strict government regulations.
    • Centralized management from 1 vendor. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager is a feature-rich desktop virtualization management system with advanced capabilities for physical host servers and virtual desktops, VM guests, and everything in between.

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    1. Comparison based on benchmark addressing performance evaluation of datacenter servers used in virtualized server consolidation at as of November 2013. SPEC® and the benchmark name SPECvirt® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.
    2. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization performance: SPECvirt benchmark
    3. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization: Competitive pricing guide
    4. Understanding Linux Deployment Strategies: The Business Case for Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IDC, April 2011.

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