Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization goes head-to-head with vSphere

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor features are really impressive and goes head-to-head with VMware vSphere 4.0. The release 5.4 of the product has been integrated with KVM hypervisor technology acquired from Qumranet back in 2008. The current release supports live migration, load balancing, snapshots, flexible storage, memory page sharing and ballooning, SSL encryption, multiple virtual CPUs etc…

Yet, on top of the virtualization stack Red Hat is planning to deliver their new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops allowing advanced desktop management, including features like rapid provisioning, linked images, desktop pooling and search-base management.

When I get some spare hardware I will test the solution and post the results here. For now, compare Red Hat features against VMware vSphere 4.0. Poor Hyper-V stands no chance in this competition at this point in time, however everybody know Microsoft is a sleeping giant and they are good in this catch up game.






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  1. I’m interested in real life experience. Any of you using RHEV in production environment?

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  3. Very interested in seeing the in depth review, I also think you should review Citrix XenServer and XCP when you have a chance.

    • kopper on 04/01/2010 at 5:03 am

    very good information and comparison

    BTW has someone heard any real experience on Red Hat Virtualization?
    looks pretty good to me cheaper and reliable but I have not seen any blog or web articles referring this red hat capability

  4. @kopper
    For serious enterprise virtualisation I would still trust only VMware.

    • Ray on 09/29/2010 at 11:37 pm

    Dude, loose the google ads, or at least move them somewhere other that the first paragraph of the articles. How can I disable them?

    • Arthur on 01/23/2011 at 1:58 am

    We’ve been using RHEV for a while now. it has some minor issues but overall It is a great virtualization platform, we especially enjoy the stabilizability and performance which is a requirement for our internal needs.


    • MJ on 05/03/2011 at 11:14 pm

    either this comparison is either too old, has not been updated for too long or just has some wrong info.

    because Microsoft Hyper-V installs bare metal or standalone hyper-v without requiring the OS full or core. yet it’s free download.

    • Elias on 05/30/2011 at 6:35 am

    RHEV is used in production environment in the TOP 50 companies, and at a 1/3 of the vmware cost. Let’s give it a try, it won’t disappoint you.

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