Interview: Red Hat on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Posted by dowdle on Nov 19, 2009 10:52 AM EDT; By Scott Dowdle
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Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers on November 3rd. A couple of weeks before the release, I emailed Red Hat media relations contact Kerrin Catallozzi and asked for an interview with some Red Hat employees regarding Red Hat Enteprise Virtualization. It took a several weeks to get the answers back mainly because the official product release happened... and after I had the chance to download, print and read the documentation, most of my questions had been answered... and I ended up coming up with all new questions. Kerrin found Andy Cathrow (Product Marketing Manager) and Jim Brennan (Senior Product Marketing Manager) of Red Hat to provide the answers.

ML: I understand that the product that RHEV for Servers evolved from was SolidICE from Qumranet and developed originally outside of the influence of Red Hat. The management application from SolidICE was heavily based on Microsoft technology and I'm sure the desire to get the product to market as soon as possible to meet your customer's needs meant that you just couldn't totally scrap the Windows-based design of the management application. In the year between the merger with Qumranet and the release of RHEV for Servers, what were the primary changes made to the product?

AC: We made many, significant changes. A quick, but not complete list includes:

  • SAN support - including iSCSI and Fiber channel (previously NFS only)
  • Multipath I/O
  • NIC bonding (host)
  • Multiple nics (guest)
  • VLANs
  • High availability
  • System scheduler (distribution policies, scheduling VMS)
  • Power Saver
  • Support for large hosts 96 cores, 1TB RAM
  • Support for large guests 16 cores, 256GB RAM
  • Support for managing hosts - including configuration files and software updates

ML: I heard that there is a development effort under way to make the management application be multi-platform by writing it in Java via JBoss and Hibernate with a database abstraction layer where perhaps several different databases will be supported. Is that true and if so, how is that progressing and when do you expect to enter general availability?

AC: We haven't announced our plans for database support, however use of JBoss and Hibernate will offer us that flexibility. The choice of supported platforms will be based on customer demand and on QA resources.

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