Just before the July 4th holidays we got to spend some time immersed with Red Hat customers at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. Quite a few attendee’s were system administrators, and quite a few handle or were connected to virtual environments. So this gave us a chance to collect some unscientific data about the state of RHEV in the virtualization world. What continues to emerge is just how heterogeneous these virtual environments are becoming. VMware’s purchase of Dynamic Ops seems to confirm this reality. Specific to the Red Hat Summit, we learned:
- RHEV is getting deployed in test environments today in about 10 -20% of the data centers. It feels like people are dipping their toes in the RHEV waters.
- Primary driver to consider RHEV has been VMware pricing changes.
- Despite RHEV costs, many shops have standardized on VMware due to the maturity of the vSphere platform with no desire to introduce another technology.
- Lots of interest around XENserver which makes sense given open source nature of the audience.
- Performance and capacity in these environments remains a hot topic
- Definite interest in Red Hat’s announcement of Hybrid Iaas Cloud Bundle
While we prepared for the Red Hat Summit, we were busy publishing RHEV information which can be found on our Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Resources page which includes new white papers, podcasts, and blog postings all around RHEV. Seeking to keep the balance with all this RHEV excitement, we also recently published material on vSphere 5 myths and a great paper from Greg Shields on Five Reasons to Give Hyper-V a Second Look. It is a heterogeneous world and we are committed to supporting that world.