Red Hat today announced the global availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, with significantly expanded capabilities for both its server and desktop virtualization management tools and its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers was initially released in November 2009, followed by the release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops in mid 2010. Since its debut, the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization product portfolio has enjoyed growing customer adoption and an expanding partner ecosystem. Customers have expressed that they are looking for an alternative to proprietary solutions and are deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization in mission-critical production deployments. In addition, approximately 50 percent of Red Hat’s largest customers, based on revenue, have begun deploying or piloting Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.1 Many are recognizing and executing on the trend of deploying dual-source virtualization strategies, with over 80 percent of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization as an alternative side-by-side with VMware2.
Open virtualization has achieved increased visibility in recent months through the Open Virtualization Alliance and oVirt project. As a founding member of the Open Virtualization Alliance, Red Hat has worked closely with leading IT vendors across the industry to foster the adoption of KVM-based solutions, ensuring that customers can choose from a wide range of virtualization products and services. Additionally, Red Hat is a lead sponsor of the industry-backed open source oVirt project, which has the goal of promoting the development of open source virtualization management technologies.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 brings a balance of new enterprise virtualization management features, performance and scalability for both Linux and Windows workloads, at a lower cost than proprietary alternatives.3 With its open source hypervisor and virtualization management system, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offers an interoperable solution without lock-in to proprietary platforms. Red Hat has established itself as an industry leader in virtualization performance, holding all of the top five current SPECvirt_sc2010 results (www.spec.org), including the best 2-socket, 4-socket and 8-socket results. Similarly, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization leads the industry in scalability metrics for VM density and hosts per cluster. These leading performance and scalability benefits also come at prices one third to one fifth of the cost of alternative proprietary offerings.