Linux giant Red Hat is moving the ball forward on its mission of becoming a key virtualization and cloud infrastructure player. To that end, the company has announced the latest release of its Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor, version 2.2.
With this latest release, Red Hat said it has updated the virtualization platform to include new scalabilities, migration tools, and additional features to expand on performance and security. Version 2.2 also brings Red Hat technology into the world of desktops.
With its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) solution, Red Hat is on a mission to increase scalability and quickly catch up to the competition, which has quite a few more years on the company at this point. With RHEV 2.2, Red Hat has turned up the scalability dial by doubling the number of virtual CPUs that it can support in a single virtual machine from 8 to 16. The addressable amount of memory by a virtual machine has been quadrupled from 64GB to 256GB since the RHEV 2.1 release.
RHEV also adds supports for today's modern processor technologies such as Intel's Xeon 7500 and 5600 series and AMD's Opteron 6000 series server chip sets to help with consolidation and virtual machine performance. To further promote its enterprise readiness, Red Hat claims to have one of the key ingredients for mission-critical workloads with its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology: high I/O and low latency. The company said that it has achieved over 1 million messages per second on a single virtual server, robust Microsoft Exchange performance, and high I/O throughput in Oracle database workloads.
The latest release also includes the ability to import and export virtual machine images and templates with the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), a feature already found and supported in competitor products from VMware and Oracle VirtualBox.