Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 close to release
Were just one beta away from the next full release of RHEV, bringing Storage Live Migration and a browser-independent web admin portal.
Red Hat may have shipped a major new version of their
Enterprise Virtualisation software back in January, but they
haven’t been resting on their laurels since. The second and
penultimate beta of an updated version, version 3.1, was
With nine months since the release of version 3.0, the
development team have been working on a suite of improvements. The
headline feature for many is Storage Live Migration, allowing VM
disk images to be migrated between storage arrays without shutting
Also on the feature list is increased scalability, supporting
VMs with “up to 160 virtual CPUs and 2TB RAM”, extended
capabilities for defining resource quotas to individuals and
groups, support for x86 chipsets, and new storage features
including hotplug support and direct LUN access.
The web admin portal, meanwhile, is now
“browser-independent”, meaning that using the dreaded Internet
Explorer is no longer compulsory, and also benefits from support
for more languages, including Spanish and Chinese.
If you want to try the beta
out for yourself, you’ll need to own a copy of the
existing software, but as always keep in mind that it’s still
Next year should see the release of two further updates, 3.2
and 4.0, the former bringing Host Level SLA and an extension
framework for RHEV plugins, while the latter is planned to
introduce a new storage infrastructure.