Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization

  Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red
  Hat Virtualization

    Tighter portfolio integration and automation enhancements to KVM-based
 virtualization platform provides an open, powerful foundation to enterprises
                   seeking IT modernization without lock-in

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. -- April 19, 2017

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization
4.1, the latest release of the company’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine
(KVM)-powered enterprise virtualization platform. Providing an open source
infrastructure and centralized management solution for virtualized servers and
workstations and built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers expanded automation capabilities
through integration with Ansible by Red Hat while new networking and storage
capabilities offer a stable, flexible foundation for IT innovation.

Red Hat Virtualization enables customers to virtualize traditional
applications, which can reduce IT expenses through infrastructure
consolidation and helps to integrate existing workloads with new technologies,
like private cloud and container-based workloads. This means that enterprises
can optimize current infrastructure while better addressing future IT needs,
all without the cost, complexity, and lock-in of proprietary virtualization

A key enhancement to Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 is deeper integration with Red
Hat’s broad portfolio of open hybrid cloud technologies. This includes
extended support for Red Hat CloudForms and Ansible by Red Hat, allowing for a
single management interface across heterogeneous datacenter infrastructure and
the automation of role-based administration and operational tasks. Tighter
integration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform helps further bridge the gap
between traditional and cloud-enabled workloads, and continued alignment with
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 delivers improved support for Windows-based
workloads and hot CPU unplug support.

Additional new capabilities and enhancements in the latest version of the
platform include:

  * Improved automation with Ansible by Red Hat, making it possible for end
    users to automate Red Hat Virtualization platform using a variety of
    Ansible 2.3 modules that enhance virtual machines, storage, network, and
  * Enhanced high availability without power management allowing virtual
    machines to be restarted even when power management fencing is not enabled
    or available, a feature that is key for multi-site clusters.
  * Advanced storage performance and scaling, with the Storage Pool Manager
    (SPM) now able to delegate storage operations to other datacenter hosts,
    allowing common storage operations to run in parallel for higher
    throughput. Additionally, advanced single storage performance and improved
    block storage management help administrators to remove snapshots faster
    when a virtual machine is not in use and help reclaim storage space from
    within the virtual machine, respectively.
  * Open Virtual Network (OVN) for Open vSwitch, available as a Tech Preview,
    provides software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities for enterprise
    deployments. OVN offers the ability to isolate overlay networking and
    subnet management in Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 for streamlined datacenter
    deployment and exposes an OpenStack Networking (Neutron)-compatible API to
    use with existing Neutron automation.

Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 is available now via the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Supporting Quotes
Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and
Red Hat Virtualization, Red Hat
“The vast majority of enterprise IT innovation is built on a virtualized
foundation, making open virtualization technologies like Red Hat
Virtualization vital as businesses look to save money while remaining nimble
enough to address evolving end user and customer demands. Red Hat
Virtualization 4.1 does this by linking a broad portfolio of technologies,
from Linux containers to OpenStack-based hybrid clouds, into a unified stack,
creating a crucial tool for digital transformation.”

Additional Resources

  * Read more about Red Hat Virtualization 4.1
  * Review the product documentation
  * Read the release notes

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