Product : Red Hat, RHV/4.2, RHV
Feature : Overview, Assessment, General
Content Owner:  Roman Macek
Red Hat Virtualization 4.2
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) is Red Hats flagship server and workstation virtualization platform. RHV is co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and inherits its characteristics of reliability, performance, security, and scalability.

RHV is a complete virtualization management solution for virtualized servers and workstations that aims to provide performance advantages, competitive pricing and a trusted, stable environment. It is built to host mission critical and high performance workloads on x86 and Power architectures, with both Linux, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Enterprise Linux, and Microsoft Windows, including server and desktop variants certified through the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program, supported as guest operating systems.

RHV is derived from oVirt, the community-driven open virtualization management project, and is a strategic virtualization alternative to proprietary virtualization platforms. Red Hat Virtualization is also integrated with OpenStack for a smooth transition into private and public clouds.

With Red Hat Virtualization, you can:
* Take advantage of existing people skills and investment
* Decrease TCO and accelerate ROI
* Automate time-consuming and complicated manual tasks
* Standardize storage, infrastructure, and networking services on OpenStack

Red Hat Virtualization Manager (RHV-M) manages the hypervisor hosts, consisting of one or both of Red Hat Virtualization Host (RHV-H), a purpose built OS for easy management, and/or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Both host types take use KVM hypervisor capabilities to execute virtual machines. All listed features apply to both RHV-H and RHEL hosts, unless stated otherwise.