Red Hat Advances Enterprise Virtualization Platform with New Release

  Red Hat Advances Enterprise Virtualization Platform with New Release

  Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 Globally Available with New Features
 Spanning Scalability, Networking and Storage, Including Integration with Red
                                 Hat Storage

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- December 05, 2012

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced advancements for its enterprise virtualization
platform with the global availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
3.1. The 3.1 release brings Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization forward with
compelling new features to enhance its scalability, user administration and
management interface, networking, storage and virtual desktop functionality.
With this release, Red Hat also brings further flexibility for the combination
of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and the full Red Hat portfolio, including
its Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is the only mission-critical end-to-end,
open source virtualization infrastructure designed for enterprise users that
is available today. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 release, which
debuted in Jan. 2012, marked a significant industry milestone, offering
features, performance, scalability and cost advantages to enterprises. Today,
with the introduction of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor
holds 19 of the 27 published SPECvirt_sc2010 ( performance
benchmarks, including the best 2-socket and 4-socket scores and the only
published 8-socket scores. At 50 to 70 percent lower cost compared to
alternative solutions, it can also offer organizations significant economic

Key 3.1 Feature Additions

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 incorporates several new key features.
For its main platform, 3.1 enables increased scalability of guest virtual
machines, now providing support for up to 160 logical CPUs and up to 2
terabytes of memory, per virtual machine, and updates its KVM hypervisor to
support the latest industry-standard x86 processors. Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization shares the same base KVM hypervisor technology as Red Hat
Enterprise Linux and maintains common ABI compatibility, enabling optimized
flexibility for combining the two platforms from a single vendor.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 also includes an updated user interface,
improved cross-platform web administration portal, updated reporting
dashboard, new networking capabilities and enhanced disk storage. The
incorporation of a technology preview of storage live migration adds the
flexibility to migrate virtual machine disk files between storage domains
without having to power down the virtual machine. The power user portal has
been enhanced with resource quota functionality to enable self-service for
test/development and other private cloud use cases. The release also features
new advancements for the platform’s VDI capabilities, including a new virtual
desktop autostart policy, improved WAN optimizations and an improved virtual
desktop client.

With 3.1, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization also expands its localization
enablement with support for English, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and
Japanese, enabling the platform to be used even more widely around the globe.

Red Hat Storage Integration

A key addition to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 is integration with
Red Hat Storage, Red Hat’s scale-out, open source storage software solution
for the management of data, including file and object, structured and
unstructured. Based on the GlusterFS technology Red Hat received from its Oct.
2011 acquisition of Gluster, Inc., Red Hat Storage Server 2.0 became available
worldwide in June 2012, providing enterprise customers with open, unified
scale-out storage software.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 provided the ability to access virtual
images/storage over iSCSI, Fibre-Channel NFS or on local storage. With Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, the platform’s versatility is now broadened,
enabling it to access the secure, shared storage pool managed by Red Hat
Storage. In addition to providing the essential building blocks for open
hybrid clouds, this integration also offers enterprises reduced operational
costs, expanded portability, choice of infrastructure, flexibility,
scalability, availability and the power of community-driven innovation with
the contributions of the open source oVirt and Gluster projects. The
combination of these platforms is the first step toward Red Hat’s vision of an
integrated and converged Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
node that serves both compute and storage resources.


Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 is globally available to subscribing Red
Hat customers today. A fully supported, 60-day trial of the release is also
available at

Virtual Event and Announcement

To learn more about this announcement and to hear from Red Hat executives,
partners and customers about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and the full
Red Hat portfolio, join Red Hat for its Optimizing IT virtual event beginning
at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. The keynote and presentations
will also be available on demand following the live event. Join by visiting;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=11689&AffiliateData=press.

Supporting Quotes

Paul Cormier, president, Product and Technologies at Red Hat

“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a key platform in the Red Hat portfolio
that enables enterprises to leverage the power of the open source development
model to drive innovation for virtualization. The 3.1 release is an important
milestone for the product as it delivers key features and integrations that
our customers are looking for. The integration of the product with Red Hat
Storage, for example, brings virtual storage capabilities to enterprises that
are not currently available in traditional virtualization solutions.”

Robert Hurst, Caché Systems manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

“As early adopters of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we enjoyed our collaboration
that included learning, adoption, migration and implementing a growing new set
of Linux applications. And with KVM virtualization radically altering that
landscape, it has become necessary for not only a reliable management tool,
but also one that can work with our existing datacenter assets and supporting
infrastructure. Our Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 pilot met that need
with remarkably thin integration and allows us to expand provisioning and
management of hosts beyond our systems engineering team.”

Satinder Sethi, vice president, Data Center Solutions, Cisco

“Red Hat continues to innovate in the open source community, and with the
release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, customers are offered
important advances in open virtualization technology that will allow them to
further drive operational efficiency and reduce costs to operate their
datacenters.Together, Cisco and partners like Red Hat offer flexible and
scalable capabilities for diverse datacenter workloads and their business

Gerry Hackett, vice president, Server Platform Engineering, Dell

“We’re pleased to continue evolving our relationship with Red Hat around
virtualization and cloud computing. For those customers interested in open
source, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a natural fit for Dell systems
and enables us to provide compelling performance, scalability, flexibility and
cost benefits to our joint customers. This goes a step further with the
availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 today.”

Doug Fischer, vice president and general manager of Systems Software, Intel

“Intel’s long-time commitment to open, standards-based solutions has
consistently delivered top-notch performance and scalability in virtualized
environments, with optimization for RAS capabilities and Intel® Virtualization
Technology. Organizations can look to the combination of Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers for benchmark
performance to support their demanding mission-critical applications.”

Maria Olson, Head of Global Alliances, NetApp

“Red Hat and NetApp have collaborated for over a decade to bring greater
performance, scalability and business agility to our joint customers. As a
recognized leader in storage for virtual environments, NetApp is committed to
working with industry leaders such as Red Hat to enable our customers to
choose the best solutions for their environments. The combination of Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 and NetApp® Data ONTAP®, the world's #1 storage
operating system, delivers compelling benefits to organizations seeking open
virtualization solutions.”

Additional Resources

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  *Learn more about Red Hat Storage
  *Download a fully supported, 60-day trial of Red Hat Enterprise
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