Red Hat just announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 (RHEV 3.6). RHEV is Red Hat’s KVM-based virtual machine software solution.
RHEV 3.6 is said to increase performance, the ability to scale and improve security. RHEV 3.6 also offers an improved the user experience and enhanced management tools. Red Hat is using this release to target VMware migrations as well.
What is new in this release?
Red Hat says that this release offers the following features:
- Hotplug memory support provides dynamic, one-click memory scaling, working with underlying infrastructure to give an application more memory “on the fly” without any disruption to the application runtime.
- PCI device assignment enables administrators to directly assign a physical adaptor or device to a virtual machine, achieving near bare-metal performance for graphics and networking-intensive computing.
- Host Update Manager: Streamlines the patch release process across the virtualized environment through integration with Red Hat Satellite, a systems management solution that half of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers use today.
- Object Health Status: Provides visibility into external system health events, such as issues with storage, CPU, server or hard-drive performance, via the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization interface. This feature alerts admins to events that may cause downtime or negatively impact VM performance, so they can proactively manage risk and potential downtime.
- Virtual machine-to-virtual machine (Virt-v2v) Integration: Enables customers to identify critical Linux workloads to move to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization by connecting directly to vCenter and providing simple click-through steps to migrate the workload over. This select workload migration strategy lowers total cost of virtualization and improves performance of mission-critical Linux workloads without the pain of rip and replace.
Red Hat points out that this release builds upon what it has offered in previous releases. The company wants customers to see that it is offering the infrastructure layer allowing its customers to move their workloads to either containers or the cloud. Furthermore, the company points out that RHEV 3.6 also integrates with Red Hat’s hybrid cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms, to manage heterogeneous environments across multiple clouds, hypervisors, containers, and traditional computing infrastructure.
The industry targets VMware
Recent announcement coming from Nutanix and Red Hat are demonstrating a recent trend where other software suppliers are targeting VMware’s large customer base with technology and offers designed to entice them to move to the other supplier’s virtualization technology.
In Nutanix’s case, the goal is moving VDI and shared storage workloads to migrate to it’s enhanced version of KVM, Acropolis.
In Red Hat’s case, the goal is moving workloads to take advantage of its management platform, its cloud computing framework and to use applications and tools from its broad ecosystem.
It is not at all clear that these tactics will work. What is clear is that VMware’s own pricing and licensing tactics are offering a clear attack surface and other industry players are determined to exploit them.
Enterprises seeking to reduce software costs while also maintaining levels of agility, reliability and manageability would be wise to learn more about these offerings.