Red Hat announces availability of Enterprise Virtualization 3.1
Dec 18, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has announced the availability of Enterprise Virtualization 3.1.
The 3.1 release brings Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization forward with compelling new features to enhance its scalability, user administration and management interface, networking, storage and virtual desktop functionality, the company said.
Red Hat also brings further flexibility for the combination of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and the full Red Hat portfolio, including its Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is the open source virtualization infrastructure designed for enterprise users.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 incorporates several new key features. For its main platform, 3.1 enables increased scalability of guest virtual machines, now providing support for up to 160 logical CPUs and up to 2 terabytes of memory, per virtual machine, and updates its KVM hypervisor to support the latest industry-standard x86 processors.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization shares the same base KVM hypervisor technology as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and maintains common ABI compatibility, enabling optimized flexibility for combining the two platforms from a single vendor.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 also includes an updated user interface, improved cross-platform web administration portal, updated reporting dashboard, new networking capabilities and enhanced disk storage. The incorporation of a technology preview of storage live migration adds the flexibility to migrate virtual machine disk files between storage domains without having to power down the virtual machine.
The power user portal has been enhanced with resource quota functionality to enable self-service for test/development and other private cloud use cases. The release also features new advancements for the platform's VDI capabilities, including a new virtual desktop auto start policy, improved WAN optimizations and an improved virtual desktop client, the company added.
Paul Cormier, president, Product and Technologies at Red Hat, said: "Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a key platform in the Red Hat portfolio that enables enterprises to leverage the power of the open source development model to drive innovation for virtualization.
"The 3.1 release is an important milestone for the product as it delivers key features and integrations that our customers are looking for. The integration of the product with Red Hat Storage, for example, brings virtual storage capabilities to enterprises that are not currently available in traditional virtualization solutions."
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