Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4, the newest release of its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) -powered virtualisation platform.
Red Hat Virtualization 4 challenges the economics and complexities of proprietary virtualisation solutions by providing a fully-open, high-performing, more secure, and centrally managed platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads.
It combines a powerful updated hypervisor, advanced system dashboard, and centralised networking for users’ evolving workloads. Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to easily integrate with existing IT investments while providing a foundation for emerging technology deployments, including containerised and cloud-native applications.
While virtualisation remains a key element of datacenter infrastructure, customer needs around the technology are rapidly evolving. Enterprises just embarking on a virtualization deployment may want a complete, agile platform that embraces efficiency and open standards of interoperability, while enterprises who have already deployed virtualisation technologies may become increasingly concerned about their investment due to costs, performance limitations, or incompatibility.
Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to address these emerging scenarios with a platform built on open standards, providing a powerful, flexible solution for new deployments and helping existing virtualization users migrate to an open, extensible solution.
Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes both a high-performing hypervisor (Red Hat Virtualization Host) and a web-based virtualisation resource manager (Red Hat Virtualization Manager) for management of an enterprise’s virtualisation infrastructure.
Specifically, Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces new and enhanced capabilities around:
* Performance and extensibility;
* Management and automation;
* Support for OpenStack and Linux containers;
* Security and reliability; and
* Centralized networking through an external, third-party API.