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Red Hat Virtualization

Red Hat Virtualization

September 2012

The Virtualization Market over the last years has matured quickly.

Many industry leaders are now focusing on a multivendor approach to virtualization, looking to improving cost per performance and virtualizing workloads not possible to virtualize before.

Most of the workloads running on top existing Virtualization solutions are Windows based. Many Enterprises merely started going for Virtualization of their Linux Workloads, so there is high leverage in attacking Linux Server Consolidation.

Red Hat has built the base for its Virtualization portfolio over the last years together with partners like HP in the so called Open Virtualization Alliance (www.openvirtualizationalliance.org) that promotes the Kernel- Based Virtual Machine (KVM).

Kernel- Based Virtual Machine includes Virtualization in the Linux Kernel, leveraging the broad certification of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Operating System on top, e.g. ISV-Software as e.g. SAP will therefore automatically run both on bare-metal and also be certified on RHEV.

Additionally Red Hat in 2009 introduced a management framework on top of KVM, the so called Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

RHEV and its underlying technology provide the base included in the Linux Kernel for a secure and scalable virtualization technology, giving room for even new use-cases:

- Virtualization of SAP Environments

- Database Virtualization

- Highly Secure Environments

- Virtualization Power-User Portal

Performance and Scalability is a given with the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization technology. In the upcoming version RHEV supports up to 160 vCPU and 2 TB RAM per Virtual Machine.

HP and Red Hat have displayed outstanding performance in the vendor-independent SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmarks, achieving near-linear performance between two-, four-, and eight-socket systems:  

sVirt and SELinux form the foundation of Red Hat virtualization security. SELinux, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security Agency, and vendors including HP, ensures isolation between virtual machines (VMs) and between each machine and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor, providing unmatched enterprise security for your organization. sVirt integrates SELinux and virtualization.

The business model of Red Hat Software allows customers unprecedented flexibility with Virtualization: Red Hat's business model of a subscription spares customers a license cost, offerings fast-growing virtualization environments efficient economics.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is sold in one edition for Server Workloads including the following features:

- Self-service user portal

- High availability

- Live migration

- Storage management

- Enterprise Integration into IT Management tools via APIs

- System scheduler

- Storage Live Migration (RHEV 3.1 later this year)

- P2V Tools (RHEV 3.1)

- ISV Partner Ecosystem marketplace.redhat.com

- And Much more!

With this, Red Hat and HP can offer an Enterprise Class Virtualization Technology and Management Framework at a competitive pricing to virtualize Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows workloads.

RHEV 3.0 Datasheet:

RHEV supports a wide variety of HP systems, which can be checked at:

Note: All Systems certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux which include Hardware Virtualization Capabilities are certified also for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

If you have any questions, please email:

Or contact your Local SLMS Sales Specialist for support:

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