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Red Hat Virtualization 4 launched

The KVM-based platform will help ease the virtualisation of traditional workloads, and deliver a more reliable base for hybrid cloud and container-based projects.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 launched
Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Linux and Virtualization, Red Hat.

Red Hat has unveiled the launch of its all-new Red Hat Virtualisation 4 platform, the latest release from its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) product line.

Novel features of the platform include an updated hypervisor, support for centralised networking for user's ever-changing workloads, as well as an advanced system dashboard.              

Formed with a foundation built upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the new system is designed to integrate with existing IT infrastructure, while also being flexible enough to incorporate emerging technologies.

Commenting on the launch Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Linux and Virtualization, Red Hat, said: "Our customers continue to rely on virtualisation as a vital part of their datacentre modernisation efforts while also using it to help bridge to new cloud-native and container-based workloads. Red Hat Virtualization provides the economics, performance and agility needed across both traditional and new infrastructure initiatives."

Red Hat Virtualization 4's advanced system dashboard paints a comprehensive picture of virtualised resources and allows admins to pre-emptively diagnose issues before they impact operations.

The browser-based interface can also upload to existing KVM Virtual Machine files directly or via a remote URL. Furthermore Advanced live migration policies to enable users to fine-tune granular migration characteristics of hosts, down to an individual VM or cluster level.

Gary Chen, research manager, Software Defined Compute, IDC, shared: "While virtualisation remains a key underpinning for the modern datacentre, customer needs are rapidly evolving to demand more than simply virtualising traditional workloads. Modern virtualisation platforms need to address these standard scenarios while making way for the emergence of virtualised containers and cloud computing, key aspects that Red Hat Virtualization can address in an open, extensible fashion."


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