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Red Hat announces latest version of virtualisation platform

Red Hat announces latest version of virtualisation platform

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Red Hat, a leading global provider of open source solutions, has announced Red Hat Virtualization 4.3, the latest version of Red Hat’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualisation platform, will be generally available in May 2019.

Built on the trusted enterprise foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 is designed to deliver greater security, easier interoperability and improved integration across enterprise IT environments.

From enhanced software-defined networking capabilities to new roles powered by Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 powers modern systems while remaining fully open and helping reduce costs in versus proprietary solutions.

Red Hat Virtualization is an open software-defined platform for virtualising Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads. It provides a flexible, scalable and more secure production-ready platform with automation and services to simplify IT operations.

Driven by open innovation and integrated with other open source technologies, Red Hat Virtualization allows customers to more easily virtualise traditional workloads, while building a foundation to power future cloud-native and containerised workloads. Many companies have benefited from a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) after implementing Red Hat Virtualization.

Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 builds on Red Hat’s recognised leadership for high performing, highly-available and more easily scalable virtual machine (VM) workloads. Specifically, the platform introduces new capabilities and enhancements including:

  • Expanded software-defined networking (SDN) – With support for the latest Red Hat OpenStack Platform (version 12, 13 and 14), Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 offers more flexibility and customer choice in SDN solutions, providing an open technology stack that can more easily integrate with existing technologies to meet specific business needs
  • Powerful automation with Red Hat Ansible Automation – End-to-end automated configuration, deployment and validation are made possible with Red Hat Ansible Automation. New roles include deployment of the Red Hat Virtualization Manager through Ansible, as well as creation and management of physical and logical resources such as hosts, clusters and data centres.
  • IBM POWER9 support – IBM’s latest POWER architecture provides high performance for your big data and resource-intensive database workloads. Red Hat Virtualization supports using IBM POWER8 or POWER9 virtual machines within your data centre.
  • Modern operating system support – With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta guest support on Red Hat Virtualization, users will now be able to run production workloads on the industry-leading Linux operating systems in a virtualised environment with planned support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 at its release.

The Red Hat infrastructure migration solution supports Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 as one of several target platforms, allowing customers to smoothly migrate their existing proprietary virtual infrastructure to Red Hat’s open virtualisation platform.


Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 is available as a standalone offering, as an integrated offering with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and as part of Red Hat Cloud Suite or Red Hat Virtualization Suite. Existing subscribers can upgrade to Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 through the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Joe Fernandes, Vice President, Cloud Platforms Products, Red Hat, said: “Virtualisation provides a foundation for modern computing and entry point for hybrid cloud deployments, making a flexible, stable and open virtualisation platform a key piece of an enterprise technology mix.

“Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 is designed to provide such a platform, enabling organisations to virtualise their workloads with even better security, improved interoperability and enhanced integration across enterprise IT environments while remaining fully open and affordable.”

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