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This week we announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 allows organizations to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualization workloads while building a solid base for modern IT technologies.

Because of its open standards roots, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 enables IT organizations to more rapidly deliver and deploy transformative and flexible technology services in 3 ways:

  • Deep integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Delivery of standardized services for mission critical workloads
  • Foundation for future looking, innovative, and highly flexible cloud enabled workloads built on OpenStack

Deep integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 is co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux including the latest version, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, which is built to meet modern data center and next-generation IT requirements. Due to this tight integration, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 inherits the innovation capabilities of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.

For customers looking to maximize the benefits of their virtualized infrastructure, Red Hat offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Smart Virtualization, a combined solution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. This offering combines the performance, scalability, reliability and security features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the advanced virtualization management capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The highly scalable Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 can support [4TB of memory per host, 4 TB of vRAM, and 128 vCPUs per virtual machine. To further enhance infrastructure scalability, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 includes:

  • Non-uniform memory access (NUMA) Support extended to Host NUMA, Guest Pinning and Virtual NUMA. The NUMA support allows customers to deploy highly scalable workloads with improved performance and minimizes resource overload related to physical memory access times.

Delivery of standardized services for mission critical workloads

Because consistency of operations across a common infrastructure is essential for mission critical applications, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 enables administrators to develop automated standards and processes across the infrastructure. With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5, IT organizations can simplify and gain greater visibility into provisioning, configuring and monitoring of their virtualization infrastructure. Notable new features in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 that enhance standardization are:

  • oVirt Optimizer Integration, provides advanced real-time analytics of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization workloads and identifies the balance of resource allocation that best meets the users' needs while provisioning new virtual machines.
  • Improved storage domain handling for disaster recovery, provides support for migrating storage domains between different datacenters supported by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, enabling partner technologies to deliver site recovery capabilities.
  • Host Integration with Red Hat Satellite, adds the capability to provision and to add hypervisors to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization from bare metal. The integration automates and enhances the lifecycle management of physical hypervisor hosts.

Foundation for future looking, innovative, and highly flexible cloud enabled workloads built on OpenStack

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is integrated and shares common services with OpenStack Glance and Neutron Services (tech preview). This integration allows administrators to break down silos and to deploy resources once across the infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 allows administrators to define instance types that unify the process of provisioning virtual machines for both virtual and cloud enabled workloads.

Under Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure (a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform), Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a cornerstone platform for building solutions that customers can easily deploy across their physical, virtual and cloud platforms without sacrificing performance and scalability.

The flexible and open capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization lay the foundation for a transition to an innovative and optimized IT infrastructure that can service modern data center IT requirements.

Additional Resources
Learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5
Learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Smart Virtualization
Learn more about Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure


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