In this article we will setup a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHV) environment. RHV is based on upstream opensource projects KVM and Ovirt. RHV is composed of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL which includes KVM) and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Management (RHV-M), based on Ovirt. As of this article the latest version is RHV 4.1.
RHV has of late become very interesting to customers looking for alternatives to VMware. Below are a few reasons why you should be interested in RHV:
- 100% opensource no proprietary code and no proprietary licencing.
- Best Hypervisor for running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
- Integrated and built with RHEL, uses SELinux to secure Hypervisor.
- RHV leads VMware in SPECvirt performance and price per performance (last results 2013).
- RHV scales vertically and performs extremely well on 4 or even 8 socket servers.
- All features are included in RHV subscription, no licensing for extra capabilities.
- KVM is future proof and is the defacto standard for OpenStack and modern virtualizations platforms.