By Paul Rubens (Send Email)
May 11, 2011
Why would anyone use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) instead of VMware's or Microsoft's virtualization technologies?
Talk to Navin Thadani, Red Hat's senior director, virtualization, and he'll tell you that RHEV's attractions are that it offers high-performance server virtualization, it's scalable, and it's very secure. And, perhaps most importantly, it offers "solid economics for customers." What does that mean? It's less expensive than Hyper-V and VMware, in other words.
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) doesn't seem to sell RHEV based on the features it offers, and that's probably because it lacks a few key ones. Despite Thadani promising as long ago as February 2010 that "you will be able to do an apples-for-apples feature comparison between us and VMware," RHEV is still quite a few pieces of fruit short of a full picnic basket vis a vis VMware.
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What's the attraction? In the developed markets of North America and Europe, Thadani said that although VMware has made big inroads, it has tended to be in enterprises wanting to virtualize their non-mission-critical Windows servers. "Now the CIO's office realizes the value in virtualization, they are looking at the Linux side of the business, and they see some super alternatives to VMware, like RHEV. They trust Red Hat, as we saved them millions of dollars when they moved from UNIX to Linux."
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It's easy to forget that RHEV has been around for only 18 months or so, but it's clear that Red Hat has got a great deal more work to do to convince large numbers of potential customers to choose it over VMware or Hyper-V.
To install, do:
Then to use it, try:
$ rhevsh --help $ rhevshGo there...
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