In the past few years there have been countless advances in technology. Red Hat has been always open to suggestions and improvements. Recently, Red Hat applied a self-service catalog to virtualization, pairing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization with CloudForms for the purpose of streamlining and automation of virtual machine provisioning.
With so many platforms to choose from, it may seem odd to still focus on traditional virtualization. However, from the number of RHEV customers, it’s not odd at all. In fact, it’s very much an effective solution. It has been proved that Linux containers are a fantastic means of delivering applications. OpenStack is hard to beat when on-demand scale out applications are required. However, traditional virtualization is still the bedrock for the modern data center. Because of this, most containers are run on virtual machines and virtual machines run alongside of OpenStack instances.
In the start, what used to make people frustrated was the provisioning of the virtual machines and by proxy their payload applications, is still largely manual and disruptive to overall productivity for far too many customers. The administrative work is done up front in regards to setting up the workflows, quotas, chargeback, security/compliance policies, and other items, but then that particular workflow is complete. The level of productivity for the engineers and administrators goes up. Similarly, the level of consistency in VMs and application provisioning goes up. Security and compliance application is more consistent. Streamlining the deployment of the underlying infrastructure is also achievable. It was mentioned at the beginning of this article that the entire process is described in a technical blog. Realistically, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) can be setup in a day or so. CloudForms can be deployed in RHEV in less than a day. The time it takes to configure the workflows depends on their level of complexity, but basic ones can be done in a matter of minutes.