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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta strengthens and simplifies the provisioning and sharing of networking resources used by both traditional and cloud-enabled workloads through OpenStack Networking (Neutron) integration. The beta release offers enhancements that improve the security and scalability of Neutron provisioned networks. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta supports open vSwitch and its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta provides advanced multi-host network configuration capabilities that enable administrators to modify networks and apply those changes to any hosts that is attached to the specified network. This functionality automates network modifications tasks, simplifies maintenance, and eliminates network inconsistency issues.
Mixed storage domains give users the flexibility to use disks from multiple, separate storage domains types – including iSCSI, FCP, NFS, Posix and Gluster – within the same datacenter. Single disk snapshots enable more customization as users can choose which disks take specific snapshots (such as operating system disk, or data disk) and customized snapshots with granular backup level (such as ability to select just the current VM configuration.)
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta enables administrators to automate and manage many of the time consuming tasks that plague virtualization environments. Key automation and management enhancements in 3.4 Beta include:
Red Hat is trying to distinguish its offerings from the others with its tight focus on open source software development and support. It isn’t at all clear that this, by itself, will attract companies that have already standardized on Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle or VMware.
The key issues that enterprises and cloud service providers need to be address are the total solution costs, and what restrictions the suppliers place on the use of their technology. Red Hat believes that its approach provides benefits in both areas.
Source: Associated Press