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Latest release of Red Hat Process Automation to bridge gaps between IT developers and business analysts

Delivers new capabilities for both IT and business users to participate in application development, enabling organizations to better meet the digital transformation imperative

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation, introducing new capabilities designed to address functional and knowledge gaps between IT developers and business analysts, enabling them to apply domain-specific expertise to the development of applications that automate processes and decisions to more rapidly adapt to a changing business environment.

According to industry analyst firm Forrester, “The way we do business is changing, and there is a major push underway to reframe organizational operational processes around digital transformation efforts. The nature of core organizational processes is changing to meet customer expectations and keep up with the increasing threat of more automated, disruptive competitors.”[1]

As a result of this shift, and the increasing role of software as a catalyst for competitive differentiation, both business and development teams are now on the front lines of digital transformation. Red Hat Process Automation enables these teams to work together–each contributing their own unique expertise, and each using tools and technologies tailored to their skills–to create modern, cloud-native applications aligned with key business objectives.

To support this collaborative and integrated approach, the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation introduces a collaborative environment where individuals can make changes to project assets independently and simultaneously. Using these shared workspaces can lead to a more efficient, iterative and agile development process.

New capabilities designed to help users more easily model processes and decisions, and build applications to automate them, include:

  • An integrated modeler for building Decision Model Notation (DMN) compliant decision models;
  • An editor specifically designed for creating case management models (currently in Tech Preview);
  • Test scenarios that enable users to define, test and validate decision models before moving them into production. Test scenarios work with both traditional models, created with rule and decision table editors, and with DMN models created with a DMN editor.
  • Rule models that can be compiled into an executable form that are designed to improve start-up and execution times, and as a result, applications can better conform to the needs of cloud and Function-as-a-Service environments.

Red Hat Process Automation has been optimized for deployment on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, giving IT developers and business users a common infrastructure for building and scaling microservice-based applications across hybrid and multicloud environments. Combined with other Red Hat Middleware on OpenShift, Red Hat Process Automation helps create an application environment where developers can innovate with higher productivity yet at the same time create solutions that are more reliable in production.

A new Red Hat-certified Kubernetes Operator simplifies this task by automating the installation, configuration and management of Red Hat Process Automation on OpenShift, which not only can reduce the workload on operations staff but can also improve the resiliency of process automation services.

The overall business automation value chain encompasses a spectrum of technologies. Process automation, which primarily includes capabilities for business decisions and processes, can be augmented with tools designed to automate specific, repetitive tasks, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Red Hat is collaborating with RPA innovators to help customers better meet business objectives through end-to-end automation.

Also read: Red Hat Quay 3 brings support for Windows containers and multiple architectures

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Red Hat Process Automation is available now. Customers can get the latest updates from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Supporting Quotes

Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat

“We’re excited about how Red Hat Process Automation extends the development productivity and operational reliability benefits of our application environment vision to encompass direct participation of business stakeholders.”

Ciro Velasquez, head of Enterprise Architecture & Integration, Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Becoming a process-driven organization is fundamental for the transformation process we engaged with some years ago. Red Hat Process Automation allows our teams to focus on process optimization and its outcomes, measuring our effectiveness in achieving our goals.”

Marc Aché, CTO, Engineering, WorkFusion

“The combination of WorkFusion and Red Hat Process Automation enables companies to expand their level of automation for business processes. With Red Hat managing the end-to-end process and WorkFusion orchestrating labor-intensive manual tasks with intelligent automation technology, more aspects of enterprise operations can be fully automated — which can lead to lower costs with greater agility and competitiveness.”

Mike O’Boyle, head of sales, Europe, Crossvale

“Today, where every business is an IT business, their demands grow and so too does the complexity of handling the data. Customer experience is vital to future business and the latest edition of Red Hat’s Process Automation technology has been core to helping Crossvale build Panorama, delivering omnichannel integration across applications and workflow. Now our customers can better streamline and simplify operational complexity while being able to maintain regulatory compliance.”

Carl Lehman, principal analyst, Architecture, 451 Research

“It’s inadequate to merely enable efficiency through process automation. Digital businesses must also consistently make better and faster decisions. Digital automation platforms, like that offered by Red Hat, allow business and IT professionals to jointly design, prototype and deploy ‘smart’ applications equipped with decision models that enable intelligent process automation while more reliably producing consistent business outcomes.”

[1]              Forrester, “The Growing Importance of Process to Digital Transformation,” May 8, 2018

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Red Hat Quay 3 brings support for Windows containers and multiple architectures

Red Hat has released the new version of its container image registry for the enterprises— Red Hat Quay 3. This is a major release of Quay that brings support for multiple architectures and Windows containers.

First released in 2013, Quay is a distributed and highly available container image registry that provides storage and enables enterprises to build, distribute, and deploy containers.

Red Hat Quay 3 is focused on security, scalability, and automation. The new support for multiple architectures will allow enterprises to run containers on more platforms. They will also be able to use different systems like IBM Power LE and Z System Workloads, ARM-based IoT devices, and Windows-based workloads.

Red Hat Quay will now support storing of Windows container images. Users can also use Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based images for the Quay container. The company said that building Quay on an RHEL-based image can bring more reliability, security, performance, and consistent operational model.

On the security front, Quay will now come with support for multiple authentication systems and identity providers. For instance, it will provide vulnerability scanning via integration with the Clair security scanner. Furthermore, it will provide encrypted CLI passwords, detailed logging of events for auditing, etc.

For the users of Red Hat OpenShift, the company mentioned that Quay is well-suited for these users because of its security and automation features. Red Hat will build tighter integration between OpenShift and Quay in the future.

“By including a configuration UI in this release, we are making strides toward our goal to help make Quay easier to run on Kubernetes and other deployments. It can automatically deploy changes to nodes and can trigger Kubernetes blue-green deployments of Quay containers for configuration updates,” explained Dirk Herrmann – Principal Product Manager Red Hat OpenShift, in a blog post.

“This can help make running Quay on OpenShift easier because you can deploy changes to the configuration of Quay itself more easily than in previous versions.”

Also read: Red Hat collaborates with public cloud giants to launch Kubernetes marketplace

Along with it, Red Hat has also changed its logo after around 20 years of its proposition.

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Kubernetes 1.14 brings support for Windows containers

The latest Kubernetes release is expanding the ecosystem from Linux only, to support for Windows containers.

Kubernetes 1.14, the latest version, is the first Kubernetes release of 2019. It will come with 31 enhancements—10 of which are moving to stable, 12 are in beta, while 7 are net new. But the most important enhancement is the production-level support for Windows Nodes.

For years, Kubernetes has been all about managing workloads using Linux containers. But the project is now making a major shift by graduating support for managing Windows containers from beta to stable.

This is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work over the past year across a number of Kubernetes Special Interest Groups (SIGs) including Windows, Node, and Architecture. The result is that Kubernetes, the de facto most popular open source container orchestration platform for Linux, now comes to Windows,” wrote Derek Carr, Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat, in a blog post.

Enterprises will now be able to add Windows nodes as worker nodes and schedule Windows containers. This will eliminate the need for enterprises to choose separate orchestration platform for Windows applications and Linux applications. It will help them increase operational efficiency across their deployments, regardless of operating system.

Enabling Windows containers in Kubernetes will bring support for Windows Server 2019 for worker nodes and containers, support for out of tree networking with Azure-CNI, OVN-Kubernetes, and Flannel. Further, it will improve the support for pods, service types, workload controllers, and metrics/quotas. The improvements are aimed to match the capabilities delivered for Linux containers.

Furthermore, Kubernetes 1.14 brings kubectl plugins from beta to stable release. This will enable developers to write Go code and extend kubectl with new commands.

Kubernetes team mentioned that they have rewritten the documentation of kubectl from the ground up with a focus on managing Resources using declarative Resource Config. The kubectl has now got new logo and mascot.

Also read: Red Hat collaborates with public cloud giants to launch Kubernetes marketplace

Kubernetes 1.14 is now available on GitHub for download. It can also be installed using kubeadm.

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Red Hat collaborates with public cloud giants to launch Kubernetes marketplace

Red Hat has collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft to launch a common public registry for Kubernetes-native services.

Called OperatorHub.io, the new registry will work as a Kubernetes marketplace to help users find and publish services backed by Kubernetes Operators.

Kubernetes is one of the most-used container orchestration tools, witnessing the highest growth this year. However, some enterprises and developers still face challenges in adopting this tool.

The OperatorHub.io will address these challenges and make it easier for everyone to use Kubernetes.

Red Hat has chosen the Operator Framework for the new Kubernetes repository. The Operator Framework is an open source toolkit that provides a software development kit (SDK), lifecycle management, metering and monitoring capabilities. It allows developers to build, test and publish Operators.

The Operators are a way to package, deploy, and manage a Kubernetes-native application. Red Hat said that an Operator can automate the routine and complex tasks which are used for an application to run on Kubernetes.

“Use of Kubernetes Operators is growing both inside Microsoft and amongst our customers, and we look forward to working with Red Hat and the broader community on this important technology,” said Gabe Monroy, Lead Program Manager, Containers, Microsoft Azure.

Simply said, the OperatorHub.io is a marketplace, and the Operators are the tools available in it.

As of now, there are 12 Operators available in OperatorHub.io. These Operators include Amazon Web Services Operator, Couchbase Autonomous Operator, CrunchyData’s PostgreSQL, etcd Operator, Jaeger Operator for Kubernetes, Kubernetes Federation Operator, MongoDB Enterprise Operator, Percona MySQL Operator, PlanetScale’s Vitess Operator, Prometheus Operator, and Redis Operator.

Also read: IBM marks one of the most significant tech acquisition, buys Red Hat for $34 billion

“At Google Cloud, we have invested in building and qualifying community developed operators, and are excited to see more than 40 percent of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) clusters running stateful applications today. Operators play an important role in enabling lifecycle management of stateful applications on Kubernetes,” said Aparna Sinha, Group Product Manager, Google Cloud.

“The creation of OperatorHub.io provides a centralized repository that helps users and the community to organize around Operators. We look forward to seeing growth and adoption of OperatorHub.io as an extension of the Kubernetes community.”

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IBM marks one of the most significant tech acquisition, buys Red Hat for $34 billion

IBM is marking one of the most significant tech acquisition, buying open source cloud software provider Red Hat for approximately $34 billion.

With Red Hat acquisition, IBM aims to provide an open source approach to cloud, that features unparalleled security and portability across multiple clouds.

Enterprises are continuously adopting a multi-cloud approach, but study reveals that 80% of enterprise workloads have yet to shift to cloud. This is because of the proprietary nature of cloud market.

In such a scenario, the data and applications can’t get portable across multiple clouds. It also prevents portability of data security in multi-cloud environment and consistent cloud management.

“Most companies today are only 20 percent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs. The next 80 percent is about unlocking real business value and driving growth,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “

“This is the next chapter of the cloud. It requires shifting business applications to hybrid cloud, extracting more data and optimizing every part of the business, from supply chains to sales.”

IBM and Red Hat are leading hybrid cloud providers. With acquisition, the companies will be strongly positioned to address this issue and accelerate multi-cloud adoption.

IBM buys Red Hat

Both the companies will work together on their shared leadership in key technologies, like Linux, containers, Kubernetes, multi-cloud management, and cloud management and automation. This will enable them to help enterprises accelerate development of cloud-native enterprise apps, drive greater portability and security of data and applications across multiple public and private clouds.

“The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses,” added Ginni Rometty.

IBM and Red Hat have been partners for around a couple of decades now. Red Hat will be able to continue building partnerships with other cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and more.

“Open source is the default choice for modern IT solutions, and I’m incredibly proud of the role Red Hat has played in making that a reality in the enterprise,” said Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat.

“Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience –  all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation.”

Talking about the financial details of the deal, IBM is buying all the issued and outstanding and common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash. Following the completion of acquisition, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM’s Hybrid Cloud team. Jim Whitehurst and Red Hat’s current management team will continue to lead Red Hat.

Also read: IBM brings together Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes with new cloud service

“IBM’s commitment to keeping the things that have made Red Hat successful – always thinking about the customer and the open source community first – make this a tremendous opportunity for not only Red Hat but also open source more broadly,” said Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat.

“Since the day we decided to bring open source to the enterprise, our mission has remained unchanged. And now, one of the biggest enterprise technology companies on the planet has agreed to partner with us to scale and accelerate our efforts, bringing open source innovation to an even greater swath of the enterprise.”

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Red Hat updates its business process management suite

Red Hat is enhancing its business process management offering with the launch of Red Hat Process Automation Manager 7. The offering was formerly called Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite, which has now been renamed and made more focused on hybrid cloud.

Process Automation Manager is cloud-native platform used to build applications which can automate business processes and decisions.

The new version expands the BPM capabilities to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. This will allow enterprises to develop, test and deploy intelligent cloud-based applications as containerized microservices spanning hybrid cloud environments.

The applications built using Process Automation Manager 7 will help companies to streamline, automate, measure and continuously improve the business operations, Red Hat said.

To help developers create rich and device independent user interfaces, there are new application development tools which will provide simplified and more spontaneous experience while building applications.

The dynamic and improvised workflows are very difficult to represent in a traditional process model. To make it easier, Red Hat has added new dynamic case capabilities, which will help customers to collaborate and easily manage unstructured processes.

Further, the Red Hat Process Automation Manager 7 operates better in the cases of fraud detection and investigation.

“Process automation technology materializes the benefits of Red Hat’s vision and strengths—open hybrid cloud, containers, DevOps, microservices—for the business. With Red Hat Process Automation Manager, business professionals can collaborate side-by-side with technical architects to optimize workflows, rapidly introduce new offerings, and drive operational efficiency in ways that delight customers and outmaneuver competitors in an increasingly digital world,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat.

The open-source giant has added Red Hat Decision Manager to the existing portfolio of Process Automation Manager which comprises Business Process Management (BPM), Business Rules Management (BRM), and Complex Event Processing (CEP) technologies

Also read: Red Hat unveils Fuse 7 integrated with OpenShift and Fuse Online

It is now available to download for Red Hat Developer Community. Customers can update the Process Automation Manager through Red Hat Customer Portal.

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Red Hat unveils Fuse 7 integrated with OpenShift and Fuse Online

Red Hat has introduced the latest version of its cloud-native integration solution: Red Hat Fuse 7, which was formerly called Red Hat JBoss Fuse.

Fuse 7 is a cloud-native distribution solution for developers to develop, deploy and scale integration capabilities. It has now been integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for better collaboration among diverse users.

Developers will get a unified solution to create, extend, and deploy containerized integration services across hybrid cloud environments. Fuse 7 integrated with OCP will enable greater productivity and manageability in private, public and hybrid clouds.

The new version of Fuse service comes with a new low-code integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solution called Fuse Online. It will help integration experts, application developers and citizen integrators to build integration services independently.

Enterprises will get a single unified platform rather than having several pieces of technology for different user characteristics. It will enable maximum collaboration between developers and citizen integrators.

Fuse 7 provides an intuitive interface and customizable capabilities, allowing citizen integrators to deliver integration solution without waiting for developers to implement it.

“With Fuse 7, which includes Fuse Online, we are continuing to enhance and evolve the platform to meet the changing needs of today’s businesses, building off of our strength in hybrid cloud and better serving both the technical and non-technical professionals involved in integration today,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat.

The browser-based graphical interface that contains over 200 pre-defined connectors and components, will help enterprises and developers to rapidly integrate applications and services.

Red Hat said that the pre-defined components are based on Apache Camel and consist over 50 new connectors for big data, cloud services, and SaaS endpoints. These will help organizations to adapt and scale for legacy systems, APIs, IoT devices and cloud-native applications.

Also read: Red Hat and Juniper expand partnership to simplify management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments

Customers can deploy Red Hat Fuse 7 alongside Red Hat 3scale API Management to easily integrate systems across hybrid cloud environments.

Red Hat Fuse 7 is now available for customers through Red Hat Customer Portal.

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Red Hat and Juniper expand partnership to simplify management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments

Red Hat has expanded its partnership with Juniper Networks to provide a unified solution that can make the management of hybrid and multi-cloud environments easier for enterprises.

At the OpenStack Summit 2018, Red Hat announced that it will integrate Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat OpenStack Platform with Juniper Contrail Enterprise Multicloud.

“The transition to the cloud is increasingly complex, but having a unified, automated platform can deliver a more seamless process with greater visibility. We are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Red Hat so that together we can provide an open and unified solution designed to allow enterprises to simply and more securely manage their applications and services across any and all kinds of environments.” – Bikash Koley, Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks

Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a highly scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform that makes the adoption of hybrid cloud and digital transformation initiatives easier. The open source software giant recently announced the latest version of OpenStack Platform.

On the other hand, the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform gives enterprises full control over their Kubernetes environments to build and run applications on-premises and in public cloud. Whereas, the Juniper Contrail Enterprise Multicloud is a multi-cloud ready networking, security, orchestration and monitoring platform.

The integrated solution will help enterprises and IT teams to manage and run applications and services on virtual machines (VMs), containers, and cloud environments.

Red Hat and Juniper said that the new solution can help IT teams to manage connectivity, security, and visibility from a single platform. It will also help enterprises to avoid the vendor lock-ins for multi-cloud environments.

“Modern IT often requires open solutions designed to meet the requirements of today and well into the future. While proprietary cloud infrastructure and networking solutions served their purpose, they were not built with the flexibility open source can deliver for a hybrid cloud world to help meet customer needs for platforms that can speed agility and take advantage of new innovations,” said Lars Herrmann, general manager, Portfolio Programs and Strategy, Red Hat.

Also read: Red Hat links datacenters and edge deployments with new HCI solution

“When I talk to customers, I have found the frustration of having chosen a proprietary solution that has limited their abilities in these areas and has locked them in is real. An open source solution that combines the power of containers and a scalable hybrid cloud infrastructure solution with consistent networking can address this. We’re excited to collaborate with Juniper to enable this for customers,” added Herrmann.

In November last year, the companies collaborated to integrate the Red Hat OpenStack platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage with the Juniper Contrail Cloud platform. The collaboration was aimed at providing carriers an easy method of delivery IoT, business and mobile service in the cloud.

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Red Hat links datacenters and edge deployments with new HCI solution

Red Hat is integrating its OpenStack Platform 13 and Ceph Storage 3 to create a new solution called Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud.

Announced at the OpenStack Summit 2018, the integrated solution is aimed at offering a one-stop solution to the customers looking for compute and storage functions in a single co-located environment.

Red Hat said that the new solution will enhance the application portability between datacenter and network edge. It will be especially helpful for the customers who didn’t have choice other than the inflexible and proprietary systems.

“Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud provides the infrastructure consolidation and simplified lifecycle management which many OpenStack customers are looking for to accelerate their private cloud deployments at the edge and in datacenters,” said Henry Baltazar, Research VP, 451 Research.

The open-source software giant listed a number of benefits of Red Hat HCI for Cloud, primarily the unified lifecycle management. It will help customers to create “standardized private cloud building blocks”, allowing them to operate and manage OpenStack and storage functions as a single unit.

“Customers looking to build a common foundation across datacenter and edge deployments now have the confidence to enable faster rollout of services to their customers. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud provides customers with the power and versatility of hyperconvergence in the hybrid cloud,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat.

The second benefit is lower cost and greater operational flexibility. Enterprises can run dedicated compute and storage in datacenter along with the hyperconverged nodes at edge. It will optimize the data center resource usage.

Further, Red Hat said that its new integrated solution will allow companies to use their existing private cloud expertise with the OpenStack technology. “Hyperconverged infrastructure has great appeal with IT generalists, who are rapidly replacing siloed specialist roles in the modern enterprise,” the company said.

The HCI for Cloud will also help the companies which are implementing systems for network functions virtualizations (NFV) infrastructures.

Also read: KVM powered Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 with notable upgrades, to deliver improved integration across open hybrid cloud

It is expected to be generally available in June 2018.

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KVM powered Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 with notable upgrades, to deliver improved integration across open hybrid cloud

Red Hat announced the latest version of its KVM-powered virtualization platform— Red Hat Virtualization 4.2, aimed at modernizing the traditional applications, and innovating the cloud-native and container-based applications.

The latest version of Red Hat Virtualization comes with several new features including a simplified user interface (UI), new capabilities for virtual networking, integration with other Red Hat services, high-performance VM options, and more.

“Red Hat Virtualization allows our customers to access the economics, performance and agility they need from their virtualized infrastructure. With enhancements in Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 including improved user interface, user-managed networking, disaster recovery features and tighter integration with the rest of Red Hat’s portfolio, we expect organizations to find it even easier to use and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux hypervisor,” said Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Linux and Virtualization, Red Hat.

The user interface in RHV 4.2 uses PatterFly project, a UI framework for enterprise web applications, to provide cohesive look and feel. Red Hat said that the new UI is easy to use and more intuitive, so that users can easily move between management tools without relearning the basic functions. It will also support the other services from Red Hat, including the CloudForms.

RHV latest version will provide high performance VM option, which can run the VMs at nearly the speed of bare metals. It will be useful for demanding workloads like big data analysis or artificial intelligence.

For better disaster recovery (DR), RHV can now use storage at primary as well as failover sites with more reliable and constant data replication. Further, the Red Hat Ansible Playbooks and Roles will power the RHV for automated failover and failback of DR processes. It will restrict the human errors and reduce the data and operational losses.

RHV 4.2 will have integration with Open Virtual Network (OVN) for native SDN solution through Open vSwitch. It will automate the management of network infrastructure, and free up the work of network admins.

Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 will have integration with other Red Hat services, including Ansible Automation, Gluster Storage, CloudForms, OpenStack Platform, and Satellite.

Moreover, RHV will now support Nvidia virtual GPU (vGPU) solutions, and Cisco ACI integration. There are new metrics and logging features for improved real-time reporting and visualizations capabilities.

Also read: Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

RHV 4.2 is now generally available as a standalone offering, as a part of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat Virtualization Suite, as well as an integrated offering with Red hat Enterprise Linux.

Existing customers of RHV can upgrade to 4.2 through Red Hat Customer Portal.

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