Red Hat Integrated Virtualization Strategy Thinks Big

The Linux vendor has sweeping plans to simplify virtualization deployment for its customers on its RHEL platform.

Linux vendor Red Hat has big plans to create an integrated virtualization environment that will simplify virtualization deployment for its customers.

This "Integrated Virtualization" strategy was announced at a launch event in San Francisco on March 14, as first reported by eWEEK, and will essentially see the Raleigh, N.C., company tightly integrate virtualization capabilities with its operating system.

It will also ensure that all aspects of the RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) platform, from management tools and installation to software management, will enable customers to deploy virtualized environments easily and effectively.

Company executives said Red Hat would continue to work with partners like AMD, Intel, Network Appliance and XenSource in this regard.

Red Hat will support customers and partners with tools, services and technology previews that let them deploy computing resources at a lower cost while maximizing resource utilization of each resource over time, the company said.

"Conservative estimates show that servers typically operate at between 15 and 20 percent of CPU capacity, but with virtualization, that could rise to 80 percent," Tim Yeaton, executive vice president for enterprise solutions at the Raleigh, N.C., company, said at the event.

Red Hat had a three-pronged approach with regard to virtualization, Yeaton said. First was delivering integrated innovation, where virtualization was integrated into the underlying platform.

Secondly, Red Hat planned to work collaboratively with its hardware, software and other partners to bring these technologies to market in a unique and transparent way, he said.

Thirdly, he said, the company was committed to an attractive, open, transparent model on which to work with, educate and prepare customers to adopt and deploy this technology and the solutions around it.

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"The benefits of virtualization are clear: There will be large cost savings, as server utilization can be driven from 20 percent to 80 percent, with the resultant savings in space and power bills, as well as the reliability it brings and the ability to migrate and isolate workloads in the event of system failure," Yeaton said.

Red Hat will make Fedora Core 5 available in March, as early as the week of March 20. Fedora Core 5 will contain a preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualization technology.

"This will create a core of use around virtualization technology," Brian Stevens, Red Hats chief technology officer, said at the event.

Then, in the summer of 2006, Red Hat will make its Virtualization Migration and Assessment Services available along with an Enterprise Virtualization beta. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5, which is scheduled for general availability by the end of 2006, will feature fully integrated virtualization, he said.

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