Red Hat has introduced Red Hat Virtualization 4.3, the latest version of Red Hat’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualization platform, will be generally available in May 2019. Built on the trusted enterprise foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 is designed to deliver greater security, easier interoperability and improved integration across enterprise IT environments. From enhanced software-defined networking capabilities to new roles powered by Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 powers modern systems while remaining fully open and helping reduce costs in versus proprietary solutions.
Red Hat Virtualization is an open software-defined platform for virtualizing Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads. It provides a flexible, scalable and more secure production-ready platform with automation and services to simplify IT operations. Driven by open innovation and integrated with other open source technologies, Red Hat Virtualization allows customers to more easily virtualize traditional workloads, while building a foundation to power future cloud-native and containerized workloads. Many companies have benefitted from a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) after implementing Red Hat Virtualization.
Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 builds on Red Hat’s recognized leadership for high performing, highly-available, and more easily scalable virtual machine (VM) workloads. Specifically, the platform introduces new capabilities and enhancements including:
- Expanded software-defined networking (SDN) - With support for the latest Red Hat OpenStack Platform (version 12, 13 and 14), Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 offers more flexibility and customer choice in SDN solutions, providing an open technology stack that can more easily integrate with existing technologies to meet specific business needs.
- Powerful automation with Red Hat Ansible Automation - End-to-end automated configuration, deployment and validation are made possible with Red Hat Ansible Automation. New roles include deployment of the Red Hat Virtualization Manager through Ansible, as well as creation and management of physical and logical resources such as hosts, clusters and data centers.
- IBM POWER9 support - IBM’s latest POWER architecture provides high performance for your big data and resource-intensive database workloads. Red Hat Virtualization supports using IBM POWER8 or POWER9 virtual machines within your data center.
- Modern operating system support - With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta guest support on Red Hat Virtualization, users will now be able to run production workloads on the industry-leading Linux operating systems in a virtualized environment with planned support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 at its release.
The Red Hat infrastructure migration solution supports Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 as one of several target platforms, allowing customers to smoothly migrate their existing proprietary virtual infrastructure to Red Hat’s open virtualization platform.