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Red Hat Virtualization: Complete open source server virtualization


Red Hat® Virtualization is a complete infrastructure solution for virtualized servers and technical workstations. Built on the powerful Red Hat Enterprise Linux® platform, Red Hat Virtualization provides ease of use, agility, and security for virtualized, resource-intensive workloads. It helps organizations optimize their IT infrastructure with better performance, competitive pricing, and a trusted Red Hat environment.

With Red Hat Virtualization, you can:

  • Virtualize any Linux or Windows application.
  • Standardize compute, storage, and networking resources.
  • Improve workload performance and efficiency.
  • Improve application density and use rates of existing servers.
  • Deploy an agile environment to bring products to market faster.
  • Improve the performance of — while reducing the costs associated with — high-performing Linux workstations.
  • Build a foundation for bimodal IT by sharing services with Red Hat OpenStack® Platform.


Red Hat Virtualization can be deployed on top of your existing infrastructure and easily integrates with other Red Hat and Red Hat partner products — all of which helps customers to bring modern applications to market faster.

Centralized management

• Red Hat Virtualization Manager provides a centralized management system with a search-driven graphical user interface.

• A system dashboard provides access to detailed information, including a global-use overview of central processing units (CPUs), memory, and storage host resources.

• A self-hosted engine provides built-in high availability for Red Hat Virtualization Manager, which is deployed as a virtual appliance.

Security and hardening Secure virtualization (sVirt) and Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) technologies — both inherited from Red Hat Enterprise Linux — are incorporated to secure and harden the hypervisor against attacks aimed at the host or virtual machines (VMs).
Highly available resources

• VMs can be configured for high availability in case of host failure.

• Hosts can be configured for power- and/or storage-based fencing for high availability.

• Red Hat Virtualization fully supports third-party tools through a Representational State Transfer (REST) application programming interface (API) that backs up, restores, and replicates VMs and infrastructure data.

Automation and integration

• Red Hat CloudForms integrates with Red Hat Virtualization to automate and orchestrate virtual events and provide reporting, chargeback, self-service portals, and compliance enforcement.

• Red Hat Virtualization integrates with OpenStack Glance and Neutron to ease traditional workload migration to private clouds — or to design applications that span virtual and private cloud environments.

• Integration with Red Hat Ansible® Automation streamlines administration and operations for virtualization administrators and engineers by configuring Red Hat Virtualization infrastructure and resources, such as hosts, VMs, networks, and storage.

• A RESTful API automates management and programming configurations.

• Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) allows Red Hat Virtualization Manager to integrate with third-party monitoring systems.

Workload management

• An advanced service-level agreement manager allows administrators to define host and VM policies for underlying infrastructure resources, which can also be used to guarantee service quality.

• Additional memory and CPU resources can be added without disrupting applications.

• An oVirt optimizer automatically balances existing VMs within a cluster.

Cross-platform support

• Full support is provided for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6 (32- and 64-bit), and 7 (64-bit).

• Support is available for Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 (32- and 64-bit), and 2016, as well as desktop systems Windows 7 and 10 (32- and 64-bit).

• Vendor support is provided for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, 11, and 12.

Migrate from other platforms • Red Hat Virtualization Manager — or a command-line tool — can help migrate workloads from VMware vCenter to Red Hat Virtualization.