Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 updates include UI and DR enhancements
Nick Martin | May 15, 2018
The latest updates to Red Hat's virtualization platform enhance enterprise-grade features. But despite improvements, it's still not a VMware killer. SAN FRANCISCO -- Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 adds Ansible-powered disaster recovery automation options and a polished UI, but it's still not likely to win over VMware devotees. Among the additions to the Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 release is a new interface that aims to more closely align with other Red Hat products, such as CloudForms. Also, disaster recovery features include enhanced automated failover and failback of DR processes. And a high-performance VM option streamlines the process of configuring a large VM for demanding workloads, like big data analytics. Red Hat executives said they see an opening for the open source Red Hat Virtualization (RHV), as companies evaluate their investments in mature virtualization platforms against other emerging technologies. Red Hat executives said they see an opening for the open source Red Hat Virtualization (RHV), as companies evaluate their investments in mature virtualization platforms against other emerging technologies. Will RHV 4.2 be a VMware killer? Despite the improvements, analysts and customers at the Red Hat Summit said the product still faces an uphill battle to displace other hypervisors. "I don't know if it's going to be a VMware killer," said IDC analyst Gary Chen. "It's not even a matter of features anymore. If RHV tomorrow had every feature VMware had, it still wouldn't change things very much."