Open Your Virtual Datacenter

oVirt is an open source, enterprise class, virtual datacenter platform,

built on the foundation of the Linux KVM hypervisor.

What is oVirt?

oVirt is a complete virtualization mangement platform, licensed and developed as open source software. oVirt builds on the powerful kernel based virtual machine (KVM hypervisor) and on RHEV-M management server released by Red Hat to the open source community.

What's included?

  • Rich web-based user interfaces for both admin and non-admin users
  • Live migration of virtual machines and disks between hosts and storage
  • Integrated management of hosts, storage and network configuration
  • High availability of virtual machines in the event of host failure

Case Studies

Florida State University RCC

Florida State University’s Research Computing Center (RCC) provides the university’s academic community with access to a virtual machine cluster. It is used for basic data services, collaborative applications, firewall installation, and other self-managed services.

In 2016, RCC successfully migrated their virtual machine cluster to oVirt. The oVirt-powered cluster is currently serving 60 users across 20 academic departments.

Read the full RCC case study

Alter Way

Meet Alter Way, a French hosting company who deploys oVirt in production for their clients, because "it allowed us to scale up as well as scale out our client workloads".

The main points which swayed their decision? "A very active community, an ambitious technical roadmap with regular releases, and the involvement of companies including Red Hat, Intel, NetApp, Cisco and IBM reassured us that the project would be around for the duration."

Read the full Alter Way case study

Brussels Airport Company

Find out how the Brussels Airport Company keeps a vital transportation and cargo center moving by managing their virtual machines with oVirt.

Faced with an opportunity to take the approximately 150 virtual machines housed on 30 Solaris machines and manage them with another virtual datacenter management tool, the Brussels Airport IT team went with oVirt running atop CentOS.

Read the full Brussels Airport case study

oVirt Blog

oVirt Now Supports OVS-DPDK

DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) provides high-performance packet processing libraries and user space drivers. Open vSwitch uses DPDK libraries to perform entirely within the user space. According to Intel ONP performance tests, using OVS with DPDK can provide a huge performance enhancement, increasing network packet throughput and reducing latency.

OVS-DPDK has been added to the oVirt Master branch as an experimental feature. The following post describes the OVS-DPDK installation and configuration procedures.

Read More »

oVirt Webadmin GWT Debug Quick Refresh

As a developer, one drawback of using Google Web Toolkit (GWT) for the oVirt Administration Portal (aka webadmin) is that the GWT compile process takes an exceptionally long time. If you make a change in some code and rebuild the ovirt-engine project using make install-dev ..., you'll be waiting several minutes to test your change. In practice, such a long delay in the usual code-compile-refresh-test cycle would be unbearable.

Read More »


@oVirt on Twitter

Community is Key

oVirt is a community-driven virtualization project, and people like you are making it happen! You don't have to be a programmer. The project will greatly benefit from inputs by documentation, bug reporting, UX, and design superheroes.

Stay in the loop about the latest features, upcoming events and other community-related developments by joining us on oVirt's social media channels: