It’s almost here

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 close to release

Elliot Bentley

We’re 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 released today

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 them down.

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 pre-release software.

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.

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