Red Hat Take on VMware with Launch of RHEV 3.0

Red Hat has launched their latest assault on virtualisation, and titans VMware, with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation 3.0 (RHEV 3.0).

According Red Hat's "Virtualization Experience" briefing on Wednesday, RHEV 3.0 is based on the KVM hypervisor supported by the company, is open-source and part of the Linux kernel, so will benefit from the thousands of coders contributing to it.

As RHEV 3.0 is based on RHEL 6.2, the hypervisor can support up to 160 cores - the maximum supported in an eight-way, ten-core Xeon E7 server.

The RHEV 3.0 beta was based on RHEL 6.1, which supported a maximum of 128 cores, and RHEV 2.2 supported no more than 96 cores. A single instance of the RHEV 3.0 hypervisor could, in theory, span as many as 4,096 cores.

At the briefing, Red Hat revealed that RHEV 3.0 features over 1,000 new features including include bug fixes.

The new features include improvements to its server and desktop virtualisation management tools and increased performance within the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

RHEV 3.0 also features self-service provisioning, so users can set up their own VMs. Red Hat says this will potentially ease the burden on IT administrators as well as making the provisioning process more efficient.

One of the more interesting new additions is Marketplace, an App Store-style feature where users can find downloads from ISVs for backup and disaster recover among others.

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