by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 Releases At Open Infrastructure Summit

Today at the OpenStack Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver, Colorado, Red Hat, Inc. the general availability of the latest version of Red Hat’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualization platform, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3. The latest version comes with several improvements including greater security, easier interoperability and improved integration across enterprise IT environments. Red Hat states the new version of platform can power modern systems, reduce costs, and remain fully open.

Red Hat Virtualization is an open software-defined platform for virtualizing Linux and Microsoft Windows workloads. The platform, like most things Red Hat, is driven by open innovation and easily integrates with other open source technologies. Red Hat goes on to state that its platform provides a flexible, scalable and more secure production-ready platform with automation and services to simplify IT operations while enabling the ability to more easily virtualize traditional workloads, while building a foundation to power future cloud-native and containerized workloads. 

New capabilities and enhancements include:

  • Expanded software-defined networking (SDN) - With support for the latest Red Hat OpenStack Platform (version 12, 13 and 14), Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 offers more flexibility and customer choice in SDN solutions, providing an open technology stack that can more easily integrate with existing technologies to meet specific business needs.
  • Powerful automation with Red Hat Ansible Automation - End-to-end automated configuration, deployment and validation are made possible with Red Hat Ansible Automation. New roles include deployment of the Red Hat Virtualization Manager through Ansible, as well as creation and management of physical and logical resources such as hosts, clusters and data centers.  
  • IBM POWER9 support - IBM’s latest POWER architecture provides high performance for your big data and resource-intensive database workloads. Red Hat Virtualization supports using IBM POWER8 or POWER9 virtual machines within your data center. 
  • Modern operating system support - With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta guest support on Red Hat Virtualization, users will now be able to run production workloads on the industry-leading Linux operating systems in a virtualized environment with planned support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 at its release.


Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 will be available in May 2019 as a standalone offering, as an integrated offering with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and as part of Red Hat Cloud Suite or Red Hat Virtualization Suite. 

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