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The open hybrid cloud lies ahead of us, this is the way of things. This truism (if indeed it is one) is impacting the way firms like Red Hat are building out virtualisation technologies.
Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 is the newest release of the company’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualisation software.
A Kernel-based Virtual Machine is an open source virtualisation technology built into Linux that allows us to turn Linux into a hypervisor, which in turn allows a host machine to run multiple, isolated virtual environments called guests or virtual machines (VMs).
Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 offers product updates in virtual networking.
The technology is introduced in tandem with the new version is Red Hat Virtualization Suite (comprised of Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms), Red Hat’s hybrid infrastructure management platform.
Essentially, this is all about creating a pre-integrated (and simplified) access point to open virtualisation technologies combined with management – and there’s a new User Interface (UI) as well.
Other functionality includes new Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities for a native site-to-site failover capability. There’s also Red Hat Ansible Playbooks and Roles for automated failover and failback of DR processes, which Red Hat insists will limit the potential for human error to cause data and operational losses.
“Open Virtual Network (OVN) has been integrated with Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 to deliver a native SDN solution through Open vSwitch. This is designed to provide automated management of network infrastructure and a Neutron compatible API for external network providers, as well as network self-service for users, which helps to free up network administrators from user requests for additional infrastructure,” said the company, in a press statement.
Red Hat has also upped the metrics and logging options.
The new metrics and logging features offer reporting and visualisation capabilities built around the Elasticsearch, Fluentd and Kibana (EFK).
The firm underlines this news by saying that open integration is a key tenet of Red Hat Virtualization – our mission here is to be able to manage heterogeneous environments across multiple clouds, hypervisors, containers and traditional computing infrastructure.