Infrastructure Architect
Updated March 27, 2022

Infrastructure Architect

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Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) (formerly RHEV)

Red Hat Virtualization is used to host virtual machines for our telecommunications applications.
  • 1- It easy to upload qcow2 images from the browser.
  • 2- It is easy to automate repetitive tasks with Ansible using RHVM API.
  • 3- It is easy to patch the hypervisors.
  • 1- RHVM API is pretty slow, especially after creating a VM it is not possible to retrieve the VM details (i.e VM's MAC Address) fast enough, where we need to place a pause in our Ansible Playbook, make the automation process slow.
  • 2- RHV is still using collected to monitor the hypervisors which is deviating from Red Hat policy for other RHEL based applications to use PCP to monitor, which is richer in features.
  • 3- It will be great if it is possible to patch the hypervisors using other tools such as satellite and not only via RHVM.
  • 4- In the past Red Hat used to present patches in the z release (i.e. 4.3.z), and features in the y release (i.e 4. y), but starting from 4.4 that is mixed together wherein the Z release you get both patches and features, that is not good because that requires a lot of time to test when we patch as it includes features as well.
  • 5- Engineering team has to be more reactive when new feature is requested.
  • 1- Automating regular tasks using Ansible.
  • 2- Deploying VMs using templates.
  • 3- Special features for VMs as CPU pinning and NUMA.
  • 1- The subscription fees is relatively low compared to other virtualization solutions.
  • 2- Automation of VMs' deployment is simple, that helped a lot in speeding up VM deployment however there is room to improve by making the API faster.
  • 3- Adding hypervisors in an automated way is simple that helped to scale out our environment.
RHV has the following advantages:
  • They have relatively cheaper subscriptions compared to others.
  • With the future going to Openstack and containerization migrating to KVM-based virtualization will be easier to migrate to future products.
  • The easiness to use Ansible to automate activities on Red Hat Virtualization make it easier to consolidate all your automation tasks using one automation solution.

Do you think Red Hat Virtualization delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Red Hat Virtualization's feature set?

No

Did Red Hat Virtualization live up to sales and marketing promises?

No

Did implementation of Red Hat Virtualization go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Red Hat Virtualization again?

Yes

Red Hat Virtualization is suitable for small implementation and hosting VMs. However, when you start asking for additional features or enhancements, the engineering team is not the flexible as other engineering teams in Red Hat. It is very likely they will not accept adding features or in the best case. They wouldn't commit to a plan when it is possible to be available.

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
8
Management console
8
Live virtual machine backup
6
Live virtual machine migration
6
Hypervisor-level security
10