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RHEV 2.2 Beta Adds Support For Virtual Desktops and Servers

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Today, Red Hat unveiled their first beta for the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 2.2 product; four months after the release of RHEV for Servers.  Red Hat's new release today adds desktop virtualization to RHEV along with a host of new features.  The company gives one example of an organization that recently made RHEV their standard virtualization platform.

The Dutch online entertainment company, Voddler, recently combined RHEV with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Red Hat Network Satellite in their company's deployment.  In addition, Red Hat says their virtualization platform has been selected as the foundation for public cloud offerings.  Usually, an enterprise-grade platform for a public cloud is only available through companies like NTT or IBM, says Red Hat.

RHEV 2.2 is the first version to features both server and desktop virtualization.  Red Hat's desktop virtualization uses the SPICE adaptive remote rendering protocol, which was open sourced a few months ago.  Unlike first-generation remote rendering protocols such as RDP and ICA, SPICE has a three-tiered architecture that is designed to support today's multi-media desktop experience.

RHEV Desktop Virtualization (Credit: Red Hat)

Red Hat also uses the industry standard Open Virtualization Formant (OVF), another open source technology, during the import and export of virtual machine images or templates.  This is a new feature that allows easier migration of VMIs between environments.  It also makes template publishing and backup generation simpler.  

RHEV 2.2 can automate the conversion of VMware or Xen VMIs into OVF files with a new V2V VM conversion tool.  V2V lets customers take RHEL 3, 4, or 5 VMs created in VMware or Xen environments and convert them into RHEV VMs.  Forthcoming betas will likely support the conversion of Windows XP, Windows 2003, and Windows 2008 VMs.

RHEV Server Virualization (Credit: Red Hat)

The RHEV Manager now includes a data warehouse to collect monitoring data for hosts, VMs, and storage.  This enables customers to analyze their environment and make reports with SQL query tools.  RHEV 2.2 also has some performance boosts, increasing the max memory for a VM from 64GB to 256GB, allowing most enterprise-grade workloads to be virtualized.  

The hypervisor in RHEV 2.2 now uses RHEL 5.5, allowing users to leverage the latest hardware (Intel Nehalem-EX, AMD Opteron 6000).  The beta also features better disk I/O performance by using thin provisioning or snapshots, bringing performance within a few percent of raw/thick provisioned disks.  The RHEV 2.2 beta is available for current RHEV users.

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