RHEV is worth a try if you like open-source software
September 12, 2017

RHEV is worth a try if you like open-source software

Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

I am working as a Consultant, so I usually advise other companies in terms of virtualization solutions and implement them.

RHEV is usually used at our customers for providing an open-source based virtualization stack which is very similar to virtualization systems they already have (e.g. libvirt and KVM nodes). Therefore the learning curve is really low when RHEV is introduced to them.
  • Providing Virtualization services
  • Migrating VMs from other virtualization stacks to RHEV
  • Providing open-source based VDI
  • Providing a GUI for KVM
  • Providing HA virtualization
  • Native Ceph implementation is still missing
  • Only few software-defined Storage solutions are supported as storage backends
  • VM management (with virtual hardware, first boot etc.) is a bit fiddly
  • RHEV can be implemented within few days, meaning it is up and running very fast
  • Documentation is very good, so there is a small learning courve
  • It might take a long time until old VMs are migrated from proprietary virtualization vendors
RHEV offers a decent GUI and many management features, such as an API.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is well suited for IT departments which use open-source software already and want to rely on an enterprise virtualization solution which is very similar to the tools they already know.

In addition, RHEV fits in very well to environments already containing other products from Red Hat.

IT departmens with high performance needs should avoid RHEV in some scenarios.

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Management console
Live virtual machine migration