VIRTUALIZATION: CRITICAL IN MODERN DATACENTERS
Virtualization is a foundational component in modern datacenters and serves as the underlying infrastructure for traditional, cloud-native, and container-based workloads. In fact, more than 80% of datacenter workloads are virtualized today, according to IDC. Through virtualization, you can improve efficiency, free up resources, boost performance, enhance security, and cut costs.
Red Hat provides agile, fast, and cost-effective virtualization that helps you overcome today’s challenges while building a foundation for future technologies.
VIRTUALIZING WITH RED HAT
Red Hat® Virtualization is a complete infrastructure solution for virtualized servers and technical workstations. It is easy to deploy and use, allowing you to get started quickly. High-value, economical subscription pricing saves costs and provides faster return on investment (ROI). Support for up to 480 logical CPUs and 6TB of memory per virtual machine (VM) ensures your applications perform as well in a virtualized environment as they do on bare-metal infrastructure. Built-in Red Hat Secure Virtualization (sVirt) and Security-Enhanced Linux® (SELinux) safeguard your virtualized environment. Open, standards-based features and interoperability protect your existing investments and let you customize your infrastructure. Finally, integration throughout the Red Hat software stack provides increased performance, security, and value when you add other products like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
Virtualization can help IT organizations better support their business in many ways. Here are five common use cases, their benefits, and how Red Hat Virtualization works to provide those benefits more effectively.
USE CASE 1: SERVER CONSOLIDATION
Growing demand, changing business requirements, and new technologies can quickly cause IT infrastructure to become complex. In these complicated environments, server and VM sprawl often leads to inefficiencies. Physical servers are typically overprovisioned to ensure availability during peak demand times. Unused VMs may not be retired due to lack of visibility or ineffective infrastructure management. In both cases, utilization can be low, resulting in higher costs and larger-than-needed infrastructure footprints.
Proprietary operating systems and virtualization platforms can add to these challenges. Using multiple, disparate management tools can impede visibility into your environment, increase the risk of inconsistencies, and take more time and resources to operate. Proprietary licenses can be expensive and often include features and functionality that you may not need, but still must pay for. Closed interfaces limit your flexibility by preventing you from choosing from the full breadth of complementary technologies to adapt to changing business needs.
Consolidating physical servers and proprietary virtualization platforms onto a high-performance, reliable, and open virtualization platform—like Red Hat Virtualization—can unify workload and server management, reduce licensing costs, and deliver technology choice.
When planning for server consolidation, look for a high-performance virtualization platform based on open, standards-based technology that is interoperable with other operating systems and virtualization platforms. Red Hat Virtualization delivers a low total cost of ownership (TCO), faster ROI, and accelerated break-even costs for server consolidation.
CONSOLIDATE MORE WORKLOADS
With Red Hat Virtualization, you can achieve consolidation ratios of 10 to 1 and reduce server rackspace by up to 75%. Exceptional workload density is provided by bare-metal performance and support for up to 288 logical CPUs and 12TB per host and 240 vCPU and 6TB RAM per VM guest. High-availability features, like live migration and prioritized restarts, ensure reliability for critical workloads. Plus, support for third-party tools lets you choose the right backup, restore, and replication products for your organization’s disaster recovery needs.
Red Hat Virtualization centralizes management of virtualized compute, network, and storage resources, greatly simplifying operations. A user portal provides standard- and power-user access to the virtualized environment for easier administration and control. Additionally, automated workload management processes and scaling speeds server deployment, configuration, and management.
REDUCE COSTS AND LOCK-IN
With an open source virtualization platform, you can decrease costs and eliminate vendor lock-in. Based on the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), Red Hat Virtualization is intensely tested and commercially hardened for production use. Open and RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) and certification for Microsoft Windows provides cross-platform interoperability. Furthermore, your subscription includes enterprise-grade support, updates, and patches so you can keep your environment up to date and running at all times.