NetApp Joins the OVA

Hi folks,

I’m proud to announce that NetApp has formally joined the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) as a governing member, joining the founding member companies HP, IBM, Intel, and Red Hat. You’ll have to excuse me while I temporarily put down my “Captain KVM hat” and put on my “NetApp hat”.

I can already hear you ask, “what is the OVA, and why should I care?” (I won’t make you wait for the answer.) Continue reading “NetApp Joins the OVA”

Favorite New Features in oVirt 3.3

Hi folks,

Thanks for checking out my first new “real” post in quite some time. I’ve been neck deep in OpenStack since I got back from Red Hat Summit and I’ve barely had time to come up for air. I’d like to help announce the release of oVirt 3.3, that came out on the 16th (I’m only 4 days late in talking about it!!). There are a number of new features added and I’m going to highlight my 4 favorites below. Continue reading “Favorite New Features in oVirt 3.3”

Recap of the January 2013 oVirt Workshop

The first oVirt Workshop of 2013 was held this past week at NetApp headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. It was a great event and couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout as these workshops are critical to growing the oVirt community of developers and users. Before I get into why it was a success and some of my favorite highlights, I’d like to provide a little background as to what oVirt is as well as why it is important to NetApp. Continue reading “Recap of the January 2013 oVirt Workshop”

oVirt Workshop – January 2013 at NetApp HQ

Hi folks,

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about oVirt and how to get involved, here’s your chance! NetApp is hosting the next oVirt Workshop at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. This is a great opportunity to meet many of the movers and shakers in oVirt.

Additionally, if you’re already doing something in oVirt, the Call for Papers is open. We’d love to hear what you’re working on.

For the full details, including the CFP, agenda, travel info, and registration, please go to the oVirt site – oVirt Workshop.

Captain KVM

oVirt 3.1 is Live and Kicking!

Yesterday, oVirt 3.1 was released and touts a number of new features and capabilities. When you’re done reading this quick article you can read about the rest here. There really is a bunch of great stuff. BUT, what I would like to focus on today is the “all-in-one” installation. The all-in-one, or single machine installation, allows for all of the tools and capabilities to be deployed on a single host.

Two words: rapid testing Continue reading “oVirt 3.1 is Live and Kicking!”

Offload Cloning from RHEV and oVirt to NetApp

In the previous posts I showed how valuable the ability to offload cloning from the KVM hypervisor to the backend storage could be. Specifically, I was using NetApp FlexClone to create new VM’s for use on a RHEL 6 (KVM) hypervisor. The VM creation time was literally cut from minutes to seconds.

So, what about RHEV?

Continue reading “Offload Cloning from RHEV and oVirt to NetApp”

Comparing RHEV, vSphere, and Hyper-V – pt3

In the previous comparison posts, we took a peek at how RHEV, vSphere, and Hyper-V compared in some cost scenarios as well as major features. In this final installment, we’ll take a look at what I believe is the most important feature. Let me give you a hint:

RHEV does not win here. Yet. Continue reading “Comparing RHEV, vSphere, and Hyper-V – pt3”

RHEV 3.0 is Live!!

As of today, Red Hat has released RHEV 3.0 which adds some HUGE improvements as compared to RHEV 2.x. Here are some of the highlights:

  • RHEV-M installs from command-line on RHEL 6 (no Windows host dependency)
  • RHEV-H rebased from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6 (gaining several years of improvements)
  • RESTful API

A new upstream project to pull from – (like Fedora for RHEL)

I’ve been using the RHEV 3 beta in his lab for several months and hasn’t had so much as a hiccup. I can’t wait to switch to the G.A. release (new toys!!!).

Congratulations to the RHEV team for this release. For more information on RHEV 3.0, go to :



At the oVirt Workshop in Santa Clara, CA….

Captain KVM is spending part of this week in Santa Clara, CA for the oVirt Workshop along with about 80 other attendees all eager to dive into all of the various projects that oVirt represents.

There are representatives from SUSE, IBM, NetApp, Cisco, Canonical, Red Hat, Intel, and others – as well as some non-corporate folks here as well. This week is dedicated to getting board members together, introducing new members of the oVirt community, and getting specific people involved in specific projects.

For more information on the workshop and oVirt in general, visit the site at


Announcing the (re)Launch of oVirt

oVirt has been relaunched as of yesterday, and as the official site states, it is ” for anyone that cares about Linux-based KVM virtualization.” oVirt has several corporate sponsers including IBM, Red Hat, NetApp, Intel, Cisco, and SUSE – all of which are providing resources to organize and develop the KVM ecosystem.

If you are interested in joining or contributing to oVirt, there is a workshop scheduled for Nov 1-3 in Sunnyvale, CA – Captain KVM will be there!!  See for more details.  Even if you are unable to attend, it’s a great site if you want to know more about KVM, develop for KVM, or use KVM.