Red Hat Virtualization 4 woos VMware faithful

It’s easy for a virtual machine user to feel left out these days, what with containers dominating the discussion of how to run applications at scale. But take heart, VM fans: Red Hat hasn’t forgotten about you.

RHV (Red Hat Virtualization) 4.0, released today, refreshes Red Hat’s open source virtualization platform with new technologies from the rest of┬áRed Hat’s product line. It’s a twofold strategy to consolidate Red Hat’s virtualization efforts across its various products and to ramp up the company’s intention to woo VMware customers.

RHV now uses a smaller hypervisor derived from RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 7.2. When running RHEL Atomic Host, Red Hat’s new container-centric breed of Linux, admins have introspection and management powers for containers running on those hosts.

RHV also plugs into two other major Red Hat infrastructure projects, Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite. CloudForms allows RHV to be managed as one of many different kinds of cloud resources, both public and private, through a common interface. Right now, Red Hat focuses on CloudForms managing RHV in a lab setting, so it should be considered a first step and not a final one.