Red Hat has released the latest version of its Enterprise Virtualization platform for building scalable IT infrastructure, adding support for its new Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 release and closer integration with the OpenStack cloud framework.
Available now, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.4 enables organisations to build a scalable and flexible infrastructure for operating virtual workloads, while providing an on-ramp to deploying a private cloud based on OpenStack, the firm said.
Red Hat's general manager for Virtualization and OpenStack Radhesh Balakrishnan said: "This latest release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization truly enables us to provide broader functionality in traditional virtualisation by delivering updates to the enterprise features customers have come to expect."
As well as full support for Red Hat's recently released RHEL 7 operating system as a guest, the new RHEV adds support for template versioning. This enables customers to easily update templates with minor revisions and to use a parent template when provisioning new virtual machine instances.
It also adds the ability to monitor the RHEV manager using the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) notification service, widely supported by third-party monitoring tools.
Other new capabilities include a mechanism to update and synchronise network configurations across a large number of hosts, and support for multiple storage protocols within the same infrastructure, including iSCSI, NFS, Fibre Channel and Gluster.
On the OpenStack side, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 offers advanced previews of core features designed to allow it to operate better with the open source cloud framework.
This includes integration with the Glance OpenStack Image Service, which enables the import of a Glance image to use as a template for provisioning new virtual machine instances, while integration with the Neutron OpenStack Networking module enables users to create and delete networks on an external Neutron provider.
Red Hat is also promoting the combination of RHEV and RHEL as a more cost-effective solution for operating enterprise workloads, under the "Smart Virtualization" tagline.
"We're offering a Smart Virtualization combination that delivers high levels of performance, scalability, and security, along with savings that you can apply instantly," Balakrishnan said.
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