Perhaps even more interesting is a new V2V tool to help with automating virtual machine conversions from VMware or Xen virtual machines to OVF so that they can be migrated and made to operate in a RHEV 2.2 environment. If OVF isn't your thing, it sounds like Red Hat is also working on a more direct conversion utility to convert Windows virtual machines on VMware or Xen directly over to Red Hat KVM formats. However, this will more than likely be a RHEV 2.3 feature.
Desktop virtualization or VDI has also become a much bigger topic this year. With RHEV 2.2, Red Hat is adding more capabilities to support the desktop. It provides a Web-based connection broker that allows end-users to access a hosted virtual desktop. The company has also included the open source SPICE remote rendering protocol acquired from Qumranet to help push desktops from centralized servers to thin clients or PCs and still provide the end-user with a positive experience. The SPICE technology offers a rich multimedia experience, including multiple monitors, HD-quality video, and bidirectional audio/video for videoconferences. This was one of the main reasons why Red Hat paid $205 million for Qumranet.
Other features, such as templating, thin provisioning, and desktop pooling, are also included. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops supports Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop.
Red Hat is currently at the Red Hat Summit this week, so there is a good chance that more virtualization news will continue to unfold and emerge. Stay tuned.
This article, "Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 improves scale, performance, and security," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Marshall's Virtualization Report blog and follow the latest developments in virtualization at InfoWorld.com.