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Red Hat Turns to Linux for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3

By Sean Kerner (Send Email)
Posted January 18, 2012

Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) Wednesday officially launched Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) version 3.0. The new release is the first from Red Hat that doesn't require administrators to use Windows to manage their systems.

Red Hat is positioning RHEV 3.0 as an alternative to proprietary virtualization platforms from VMware as well as Microsoft.

The RHEV platform first debuted from Red Hat back in 2009, as an offshoot of technology acquired from virtualization vendor Qumranet. One part of the RHEV platform is the RHEV-M management system for servers, which has been a Windows-only solution.

With RHEV 3.0, the management system has been rewritten as a Java application. Previously, RHEV's management system had been written in Microsoft's .NET framework using the Web Presentation Framework (WPF). The new RHEV 3.0 as a Java application can run on a JBoss Enterprise Application Platform that sits on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Red Hat has been testing RHEV 3.0 since at least August 2011. In addition to the management server being written in Java, RHEV 3 takes advantage of the latest innovations in the open source KVM virtualization technology. Those enhancements include performance for virtual machine guests.

From a scalability perspective, RHEV 3 hosts can scale to up to 160 CPU cores and 2 TB of RAM. Each virtual guest can scale up to 64 virtual CPUs WITH 512 GB of RAM.

The system also includes a RESTful API, which enables enterprises to integrate with and manage their RHEV deployments programmatically. The RHEV 3.0 release also debuts a self-service user portal, which according to Red Hat enables users to self provision virtual machines.

The opportunity for Red Hat with RHEV is a large one. Already, Red Hat is claiming that approximately of 50 percent of its largest customers, based on revenue, are either piloting or deploying RHEV. Red Hat is currently on track to surpass $1 billion in revenue for its most recent fiscal year.

Red Hat is also positioning RHEV directly against VMware, not as a rip-and-replace option, but rather as a complement to a multiple source approach to vendors. According to Red Hat, more than 80 percent of RHEV customers use RHEV alongside a VMware solution.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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