Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 Offers Improved Performance, Scalability and Security for High Performance Linux-based Workloads

By CIOReview | Monday, March 14, 2016

RALEIGH,N.C.: Red Hat,Inc., the world’s leading providers of open source solutions has unveiled and announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6. This latest version of Red Hat’s KVM-based virtualization solution offers increased performance, scalability, and security for high-intensity Linux workloads. It also updates user experience and management tools to cut the cost and time for VMware migrations by eliminating the need to purchase a third-party migration tool. Diminishing the cost and sprawl of proprietary virtualization solutions is a common customer challenge addressed by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

“Red Hat has enhanced its virtualization platform offering to provide benefits for organization moving towards the bimodal IT model. The simplified workload migration introduced in this newest release of Red Hat Virtualization enables users to combine existing investments and move away from a fully proprietary virtualization platform to implement a multi-hypervisor strategy,” said Gunnar Hellekson, Director of Project Management, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat.

Customized for large computing environments such as SAP or Oracle deployments, as well as computer and graphic-intensive workstations, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization demonstrated a 36 percent performance enhancement as compared to other virtualization solutions, in SPECvirt 2013 testing. The new PCI Device Assignment feature is designed to accelerate high-performance workloads, such as CAD/CAM. This enables a direct pass through of physical devices to virtual machines helping some customers to achieve near bare-metal performance for critical resources while reducing overhead of multiple, expensive workstations.

Other advancements in Red Hat Virtualization 3.6 include ‘Hotplug Memory Support’ which provides dynamic one-click memory scaling, working with underlying infrastructure to give an application more memory “on the fly” while avoiding disruption to the application run-time. It also enables administrators to directly assign a physical adaptor to a virtual machine, allowing for near bare metal performance for graphics and networking-intensive computing.

Other security updates include streamlining the patch release process across the virtualized environment through integration with Red Hat satellite, a system management solution used by half of Red hat Enterprise Virtualization customers.  It also provides visibility into external system health events, such as issues with storage, CPU, server or hard drive performance, via the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization interface.

Building on previous releases, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 provides the infrastructure layer for customers to move their workload to containers or the cloud. It also integrates with Red Hat’s hybrid cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms , to mange heterogeneous environments across multiple clouds, hypervisors, containers, and traditional computing infrastructure.