1.2. Virtualization Solutions

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Red Hat offers the following major virtualization solutions, each with a different user focus and features:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
The ability to create, run, and manage virtual machines, as well as a number of virtualization tools and features are included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. This solution supports a limited number of running guests per host, as well as a limited range of guest types. As such, virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux can be useful for example to developers who require testing in multiple environments, or to small businesses running several servers that do not have strict uptime requirements or service-level agreements (SLAs).


This guide provides information about virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and does not go into detail about other virtualization solutions.
Red Hat Virtualization
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) is based on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology like virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux is, but offers an enhanced array of features. Designed for enterprise-class scalability and performance, it enables management of your entire virtual infrastructure, including hosts, virtual machines, networks, storage, and users from a centralized graphical interface.


For more information about the differences between virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization, see the Red Hat Customer Portal.
Red Hat Virtualization can be used by enterprises running larger deployments or mission-critical applications. Examples of large deployments suited to Red Hat Virtualization include databases, trading platforms, and messaging systems that must run continuously without any downtime.


For more information about Red Hat Virtualization, or to download a fully supported 60-day evaluation version, see Alternatively, see the Red Hat Virtualization documentation suite.
Red Hat OpenStack Platform
Red Hat OpenStack Platform offers an integrated foundation to create, deploy, and scale a secure and reliable public or private OpenStack cloud.


For more information about Red Hat OpenStack Platform, or to download a 60-day evaluation version, see Alternatively, see the Red Hat OpenStack Platform documentation suite.
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