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Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization: Escape VMware's Restrictions

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18/06/24 09:00

We all know that, no matter which business area we work in, efficiency and adaptability are essential in our fast-paced digital world. Therefore, we constantly look for the best solutions to help us optimize our IT resources. And when it comes to enabling efficient virtualization, containerization and cloud management, this isn’t any different. 

However, if you thought that VMware was your only option, maybe it's time to investigate Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization. 

The Struggle Is Real 

We get it. While VMware has long been a popular choice, it has its limitations. Here's where we believe it falls short: 

  • Expensive: According to Gartner (1), a VMware license can consume up to 20% of your IT budget. And with Broadcom in charge, costs may increase even farther; 
  • Locked In: VMware's proprietary technology can limit flexibility and innovation, making it difficult to adapt to changing business needs. Proprietary virtualization platforms can lead to "vendor lock-in," restricting organizations' ability to adopt new technologies; 
  • Complexity Overload: Taking care of VMware can be tough. It requires specific knowledge and experience that you and your staff might not have. According to a survey by VMware themselves, 70% of IT professionals find it complex or very complex to manage VMWare. 

Virtualization with OpenShift: The Ability to Succeed 

Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization encourages you to develop, optimize, and future-proof your infrastructure. Here's how: 

  • Freedom to Innovate: You can tweak open-source technology to your heart's desire. Design your infrastructure to meet your specific needs, instead of the other way around. 
  • Cost-Effective: Let go of those expensive license costs, and your IT budget will thank you (so will your CFO).  
  • Designed for Modern Workloads: The key components of OpenShift Virtualization are robustness and scalability. Cloud-native applications and containerized environments benefit greatly from it. Say hello to an infrastructure that changes to meet your demands as they change as well.
  • Security First: Strong security features maintain the tight lockdown on your infrastructure. Consider network policies and secret management to ensure the integrity of your infrastructure. You can trust OpenShift Virtualization. 

Three Ways Virtualization with OpenShift Can Change Your Workflow 

  • One Platform to Rule Them All: Imagine having a one single platform that unifies serverless components, virtual machines, and containers. It’s basically one platform to rule them all. This is possible with Red Hat’s OpenShift Virtualization, which accelerates cooperation and streamlines processes. 
  • Gradual (Not Abrupt) Modernization: Give up on the "rip and replace" strategy. We know it doesn’t get you anywhere. With OpenShift Virtualizaion you can smoothly switch from virtual machines (VMs) to containers at your own speed 
VM Workload Migration Made Simple: Quickly migrate your current Windows or Linux-based VM workloads to OpenShift. Even with legacy versions, you are covered by this “user-friendly wizard”, and have the ability to transform them into native Kubernetes-managed entities. 

While the benefits of OpenShift Virtualization are clear, it's important to carefully plan your migration. Here are some critical factors to consider before you begin: 

  • Workload Assessment: Learn everything there is to know about your VMware workloads. Which dependencies exist? What resources do they need? 
  • Key Compatibility: Make sure your services and apps running on the VMs work well with containers and keep in mind that refactoring may be necessary. 
  • Networking and Storage: Make migration plans for data, volumes, and network policies. Your goal here is zero data loss. 
  • Security and Compliance First: OpenShift has a unique security model, which is integrated with Kubernete’s role-based access control (RBAC). You’ll need to translate your current security policies and ensure that they meet all compliance requirements. 
  • Operational Change: Migration impacts daily ops. Make sure to plan for new skillsets, with training and development for your staff, and updated operational and incident management procedures that will reflect the new environment. 

As much as the benefits of OpenShift Virtualization are compelling, keep in mind that the migration process will require careful planning and execution. That's where a Red Hat partner can make the difference.  

 Here's why you should consider migrating with a Red Hat partner: 

  • Expert Advice: Partners can help you with the process because they have experience with both VMware and OpenShift Virtualization. 
  • Tailored Migration: Every company is different and has different needs. The right partner will create a strategy based on your requirements.
  • Instruction and Assistance: Make sure to acquire the abilities required to master Red Hat’s OpenShift Virtualization. Your partners are on your side and can provide you with awesome training discounts to make sure you’re well prepared.
  • Continuous Optimization: Get advice on best practices and performance tweaking to get the most out of your investment. 

All Set to Take Off? 
Red Hat OpenShift Virtualization is your ticket to modern, efficient, and flexible infrastructure. By migrating with Syone, you'll minimize the risk and start reaping the rewards of true virtualization freedom.

Get in touch with us today and let's get started!  



  1. Gartner, "VMware Licensing Costs: A Growing Burden for IT Budgets" (2022) 
  2. VMware, "VMware Management Survey" (2019) 
Ana Morais
Written by Ana Morais

As the Chief Marketing Officer at Syone, a leading open-source solutions provider, I leverage my 17 years of marketing experience and my passion for technology to empower businesses with innovative and cost-effective solutions. I oversee the marketing department and develop digital marketing strategies that drive awareness, demand, and adoption of Syone's services across diverse industries and markets.

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