RHEV Overview

RHEV is the #9 ranked solution in our list of best Server Virtualization Software. It is most often compared to KVM: RHEV vs KVM

What is RHEV?

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, or RHEV, is a leading open standard enterprise virtualization management solution. This solution supports virtualization of servers and desktops using the same infrastructure and a single easy-to-use interface.

Because RHEV is based on open standards, it is vendor-independent and a lot more cost effective and flexible than proprietary solutions.


RHEV is also known as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

RHEV Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about RHEV pricing:
  • "I believe we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "I would say the price is acceptable."

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PJ
Associate Principal at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
The versatility and compatability of this virtualization solution are marred by the lack of availability of local support

What is our primary use case?

In my company, I am working in a strategic department. My primary task in the company at the present time is looking into an overall roadmap for our organization to adopt a virtualization solution. We are doing this mostly for cost optimization. So I am exploring the potential benefits of different solutions and what the potential options are for us to minimize and optimize the costs and our overall tax expenditures by bringing in these VMware solutions. Our goal is hosting multiple applications within one single host. The purpose is to reduce the number of physical servers and then to move… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It is easy to deal with when comes to application migration and its compatibility with the multiple component applications."
  • "The availability of technical expertise with the solution may be limited in some areas."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I can rate Red Hat Virtualization as a seven-out-of-ten. It is a seven and not higher because of the various issues like lack of availability of on-site support. Even with these issues, I would definitely recommend Red Hat virtualization to other customers who are actually looking into moving from a physical environment to a virtualized environment. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization can help to optimize their space utilization and optimize their costs.
LC
Project Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Extremely innovative, with key open source and non-proprietary features

What is our primary use case?

We are a company who sells the solution to end users and we're a business partner with Red Hat. I'm an IT project consultant

Pros and Cons

  • "What they provide is way beyond the essential requirements of customers."
  • "Red Hat by itself is not scalable. But you can have third party add-ons like Ceph to make it massively scalable."

What other advice do I have?

There are other platforms like Proxmox that are very stable and good because they run on KVM just like we do. But if you have hands-on experience with Proxmox, for example, you know that the entire thing is full of buttons and switches and I believe most clients don't like that. Red Hat, and Gerome HCI keep that to a minimum and give the customers what they need to do to get their work done. I would suggest people take a serious look at Red Hat and open source, and what KVM offerings can provide to end users. KVM and Red Hat, the open source community, are different to what they were 10 years…
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Mohamed SOUNKERE
Co-founder & CEO at VEONE
Real User
Top 10
Great virtualization, bug-free and pretty stable

What is our primary use case?

Enterprise Virtualization is for specific customers. We are an integrator and we have some customers who want to have in their data center or in their office a virtualization solution. This solution is perfect for that type of client.

Pros and Cons

  • "There aren't any bugs on the solution."
  • "We'd like it if it would be possible on Red Hat Virtualization to possibly connect two or three VMs to the same disk."

What other advice do I have?

We're integrators. We have a partnership with Red Hat. In our country, we have two business segments. We have cloud and integration segments. Regarding the integration, we help clients layout their requirements or the needs and propose what we can do for the requirement. If the customer wants to have a POC to see how the solution works, we can do POC for them and so on. We specifically use the cloud version of the solution, because it's to provide cloud solutions to our end customers. We have built our cloud solution on Red Hat and our end clients like to change it can have a private tenant to…
MA
Project & Software Manager at a consultancy with self employed
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
An enterprise-level virtualization platform

What is our primary use case?

We are a computer service company with several partnership. We are partners with HPE, Cisco, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, just to mention. We provide data centers solutions, with Hardware, Networking, Security, and Software. Also, we have our data center and we are offering cloud solutions for others. We are deploying Red Hat products for our cloud solutions. And our cloud is Red Hat Virtualization based, and soon we will have another cloud Red Hat OpenStack based. For the cloud solutions, we're in the marketing and sales stage. We are planning to build software solutions for clients in addition to… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "I can control and manage everything. I know everything that's cooking inside. This is the best part for me."
  • "The documentation is not as good as it should be."

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. Everywhere the cloud is the choice and by offering this solution locally this give it a plus. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine.
Bhupesh Arora
Presales Manager at Integra Micro Software Services, Bangalore
Real User
Top 10
Cheaper to run than other solutions

Pros and Cons

  • "Customers are moving to open source and Red Hat is the leader in this particular space. I think customers feel more confident running Red Hat Virtualization than VMware."
  • "When we do a direct comparison, then obviously VMware does better in terms of having Fault Tolerance and doing active disaster recovery and these kind of things. This is something that can be improved within Red Hat."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would give RHEV a nice eight. I would definitely recommend for people to use Red Hat Virtualization. That is for sure.
YOUNISAL BADAWI
IT Infrastructure and Systems Lead with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good stability and support but is difficult to manage

Pros and Cons

  • "Technically, the main reason why I'm using Red Hat is because of its stability."
  • "I heard that there are big differences between Red Hat eight and seven, but it's still quite difficult for me to judge it. I found it a bit more difficult to manage than version seven, which was much easier. In term of features, though, it is still not yet clear which is better. I have no clear idea of which features need to be changed at the moment."

What other advice do I have?

If someone asked me, I would strongly recommend using Red Hat. I have spoken to many other Red Hat users. The main issue is the lack of knowledge with most engineers and system admins. They don't know how to use Red Hat. They found that Windows, for example, is easier to manage. I would recommend Red Hat, though, and I would like to do something to raise the awareness of how to use Red Hat. I would strongly recommend they work hard to introduce people to Red Hat and how to manage Red Hat. I know there are courses, workshops, and seminars. Red Hat is doing all of that. The main issue which I…
MM
IT Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Good support and a popular platform for our transition

What is our primary use case?

We have several applications that are pillars of the business, such as ERP and SAP, which were previously in a Windows environment. Our system architects have been working on moving these applications to a Linux environment. This is why we are using this solution. At the point, all of our work with Red Hat is on-premises.

Pros and Cons

  • "One of the most valuable features of this solution is the popularity of the OS."
  • "It would be better to have more patches, especially kernel-level updates, live and online so that we can keep the business up and running during this period."

What other advice do I have?

We are not using the most current release of this solution because from our perspective, it is not mature enough yet. Another example is that we are moving our Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution, which is similar to Microsoft SharePoint, to Red Hat. We have already moved all of our big data systems, as well as all of the digitalization systems to Red Hat. Our Splunk is also on Red Hat. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
DaveChapman
Business Support Officer at a legal firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides speed and stability; could integrate better into two in ones

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case was running an entire government payroll system.

Pros and Cons

  • "Stability and speed are the most valuable aspects."
  • "It lags behind in that you need to go to something like Fedora to get all the extra bells and whistles."

What other advice do I have?

I've always used separate hypervisors so it's difficult for me to give advice. I'm more familiar with the other products so I would rate this product a six out of 10.
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