Red Hat announces Enterprise Virtualization 3.1

Capacity enhancements allow up to 160 CPU, 2TB of memory per virtual machine

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By  Stephen McBride Published  December 8, 2012

Open source solutions provider Red Hat Inc today announced the global availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1.

The 3.1 release brings new features designed to enhance scalability, user administration and management interface, networking, storage and virtual desktop functionality.

"With this release, 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," the company said.

"Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is the only mission-critical end-to-end, open source virtualization infrastructure designed for enterprise users that is available today. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 release, which debuted in Jan. 2012, marked a significant industry milestone, offering features, performance, scalability and cost advantages to enterprises."

Red Hat pointed out that, with the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor holds 19 of the 27 published SPECvirt_sc2010 ( performance benchmarks, including the best 2-socket and 4-socket scores and the only published 8-socket scores.

"At 50% to 70% lower cost compared to alternative solutions, it can also offer organisations significant economic advantages," the company said.

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 optimised flexibility for combining the two platforms from a single vendor," said Red Hat.

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 autostart policy, improved WAN optimisations and an improved virtual desktop client.

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