Red Hat has released new enterprise virtualisation software which allows organisations to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualisation workloads, while creating a foundation for cloud infrastructure.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 delivers standardised services for mission critical workloads, and offers IT organisations greater visibility into provisioning, configuring and monitoring of their virtualisation infrastructure, all based on open standards.
It offers support for four terabytes of memory per host, four TB of vRAM, and 160 vCPUs per virtual machine.
It also includes lifecycle management and provisioning of bare-metal hosts via integration with Red Hat Satellite.
While compute resource optimisation through advanced real-time analytics with oVirt Optimizer integration enables users to identify the balance of resource allocation that best meets their needs while provisioning new virtual machines.
Workload performance and scalability, provided through non-uniform memory access (NUMA) support, which is extended to Host NUMA, Guest Pinning and Virtual NUMA.
This enables customers to deploy highly scalable workloads with improved performance and minimises resource overload related to physical memory access times.
It has enhanced disaster recovery via improved storage domain handling, providing support for migrating storage domains between different datacenres supported by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation, enabling partner technologies to deliver site recovery capabilities.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation also serves as an ideal foundation both traditional virtualisation and highly flexible cloud-enabled workloads built on OpenStack.
Integration and shared common services with OpenStack Image Service (Glance) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron), available as a Tech Preview, enables administrators to break down silos and to deploy resources once across the infrastructure.
Red Hat vice president and general manager, platforms business unit, Jim Totton, said more enterprises were looking to reap the benefits of bimodal IT in their virtualised and cloud-based environments.
"Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation offers a key component of an infrastructure ready to accommodate traditional enterprise virtualisation while building a foundation for cloud enabled workloads," he said.
Symantec vice president, information availability, Doug Matthews, said Symantec's continued collaboration with Red Hat provided customers with seamless, global availability for their bimodal IT environments.
"Whether it is quality of service for critical applications on physical Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms or more future-looking Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation based OpenStack environments."