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Redhat Enterprise Virtualization – Overview

Red Hat had played vital role on Linux revolution and they proved that Linux can be used on the enterprise computing. Today Red Hat is  the world’s largest distributor of Linux. To reduce the infrastructure costs , all the companies are behind the virtualization. Companies like VMware,Citrix and Oracle are offerings enterprise virtualization products to accommodate different virtual guests. What about Redhat ? Are they have any product like VMware vSphere or Oracle VM for x86 ? Yes. They have their own enterprise virtualization product called Redhat Enterprise virtualization.

What are the best things about Redhat Enterprise virtualization ?

According to the redhat site,

  • RHEV – Support for up to 160 logical CPUs and up to 2TB of memory per virtual machine (VM)
  • Up to 95% to 140% performance gains for real-world enterprise workloads like SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Exchange
  • Consolidation ratios of 850+ VMs with enterprise workloads running on a single server
  • Robust Microsoft Exchange performance and high I/O throughput in Oracle database workloads
  • Supports oracle DB and IBM’s DB2
  • Supports Microsoft’s IAAS and LAMP
  • Compare to other vendors, RHEV’s TOC is very less.
  • Better performance

What are the guest operating systems are supported on RHEV ? 

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and newer (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit only)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 and newer (32 bit only)

Compare the Redhat enterprise virtualization components with VMware vSphere & Oracle VM

RHEV VMware vSphere Oracle VM for x86 Description
RHEV-H VMware ESXi Oracle VM server Hypervisor(Bare-metal)
RHEV-M VMware vCenter Oracle VM Manager Centralized Manager
Web Access ? Yes Web Access ? Yes Web Access ? Yes User interface

Redhat Enterprise virtualization – Implementation Workflow :

To implement Redhat enterprise virtualization, You need to install the RHEV-H hypervisor on the physical server. Then you need redhat  enterprise Linux 6.x server to install the RHEV-M software. Since RHEV-M host is going to manage the entire RHEV environment, you need database to store the virtual objects and retrieve in quick time. RHEV-M provides option to connect external database as well. Once you have configured the redhat enterprise virtualization manger(RHEV-M), you can attach the RHEV-H node to it using the administrative web portal.Using this portal, you can setup the RHEV network and storage. Once you have done everything as mentioned in the workflow, you are good start creating the VM for use.

Workflow Implementation- RHEV
Workflow Implementation- RHEV

 How the RHEV components are interconnected with each other ?

Redhat Enterprise virtualization manager(RHEV-M) is the central hub to manage the RHEV environment. All the RHEV-H hosts are attached to Manager. You can have database also withing RHEV-M box or external based  on your environment requirement.

Architecture of RHEV
Architecture of RHEV

Hope this article may shed some light on Redhat Enterprise Virtualization. Many more to come about RHEV.  Stay Tuned  with UnixArena.

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  1. Hi,

    Great Article !!!

    I need some guideline from you. I am working as Linux Administrator from 2 years, for good career opportunity which technology is good VMware or Red Hat Vartulization ?

    With Regards,
    Ritesh Yeole

    • As of now VMware market is quite big compare to Oracle VM and RHEV. But now all the companies are started investing on multiple Hyper-visors.
      Nobody knows that who will be the market leader tomorrow. But today ..Yes…VMware is leading…Start with VMware and learn other hypervisor too…..