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KVM powered Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 with notable upgrades, to deliver improved integration across open hybrid cloud

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Red Hat Virtualization 4.2

Red Hat announced the latest version of its KVM-powered virtualization platform— Red Hat Virtualization 4.2, aimed at modernizing the traditional applications, and innovating the cloud-native and container-based applications.

The latest version of Red Hat Virtualization comes with several new features including a simplified user interface (UI), new capabilities for virtual networking, integration with other Red Hat services, high-performance VM options, and more.

“Red Hat Virtualization allows our customers to access the economics, performance and agility they need from their virtualized infrastructure. With enhancements in Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 including improved user interface, user-managed networking, disaster recovery features and tighter integration with the rest of Red Hat’s portfolio, we expect organizations to find it even easier to use and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux hypervisor,” said Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Linux and Virtualization, Red Hat.

The user interface in RHV 4.2 uses PatterFly project, a UI framework for enterprise web applications, to provide cohesive look and feel. Red Hat said that the new UI is easy to use and more intuitive, so that users can easily move between management tools without relearning the basic functions. It will also support the other services from Red Hat, including the CloudForms.

RHV latest version will provide high performance VM option, which can run the VMs at nearly the speed of bare metals. It will be useful for demanding workloads like big data analysis or artificial intelligence.

For better disaster recovery (DR), RHV can now use storage at primary as well as failover sites with more reliable and constant data replication. Further, the Red Hat Ansible Playbooks and Roles will power the RHV for automated failover and failback of DR processes. It will restrict the human errors and reduce the data and operational losses.

RHV 4.2 will have integration with Open Virtual Network (OVN) for native SDN solution through Open vSwitch. It will automate the management of network infrastructure, and free up the work of network admins.

Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 will have integration with other Red Hat services, including Ansible Automation, Gluster Storage, CloudForms, OpenStack Platform, and Satellite.

Moreover, RHV will now support Nvidia virtual GPU (vGPU) solutions, and Cisco ACI integration. There are new metrics and logging features for improved real-time reporting and visualizations capabilities.

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RHV 4.2 is now generally available as a standalone offering, as a part of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat Virtualization Suite, as well as an integrated offering with Red hat Enterprise Linux.

Existing customers of RHV can upgrade to 4.2 through Red Hat Customer Portal.

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