Linux specialist Red Hat has announced the release of the first beta for version 2.2 of its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization product. The latest development release of its virtualisation solution adds several new features and capabilities, including support for both virtual server and virtual desktop environments from the same management platform.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 beta features the ability to import and export virtual machine (VM) images and templates using the Open Virtualisation Format (OVF) and a new V2V virtual machine conversion tool. With V2V, users can convert VMware or Xen VM images into an OVF file for use within Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Currently V2V supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 3, 4 or 5 VMs, however, Red Hat notes that a future beta release will also support conversion of Windows XP 2003 and Windows 2008 VM images.
Other changes include a data warehouse and an updated hypervisor using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 kernel. The maximum allowable memory for a VM has also been increased from 64 GB to 256 GB and disk I/O performance has been improved.
More details about the release can be found in the release announcement. Existing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers can download the 2.2 beta via the Red Hat Network.
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