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Red Hat throws down gauntlet in virtualisation battle

Feb 26, 2009, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The standalone hypervisor is also interesting in that it will offer users and unbundled version of KVM. Red Hat's vice president of engineering, Brian Stevens, describes RHEV-H as a:

"Stateless hypervisor, with a tight footprint of under 128MB, which presents a libvirt interface to the management tier. Enterprise servers will no longer need to go through an installation process, and will instead be able to boot RHEV-H from flash or a network server, and be able to immediately begin servicing virtual guests. This stateless model drives down OPEX and enables the scalability required by terascale grids, large datacenters and cloud class compute environments.

"The advantage of such an approach, says Stevens, is that as a "bare metal" Linux hypervisor RHEV-H will benefit immediately from the evolution of the Linux kernel and any device - "from the phone, appliance, desktop to server which are increasingly powered by Linux" - will have the ability to host virtualised machines."

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