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Red Hat Announces Preview Version of Enterprise-Ready OpenStack Distribution

Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering, Red Hat

Company takes first step in delivering a trusted enterprise distribution based on OpenStack and its community-powered innovation

September 12, 2012 4:16 by



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – August15,2012RedHat,Inc.(NYSE:RHT),theworldsleadingproviderofopensourcesolutions,todayannouncedtheimmediateavailabilityofthepreviewreleaseofRedHatsOpenStackdistributionbasedonthepopularopensourceOpenStackframeworkforbuildingandmanagingprivate,publicandhybridInfrastructure-as-a-Service(IaaS)clouds.Withthis,RedHatdeliversthenextstepinitsplansfortheindustrysonlyenterprise-readyOpenStackdistributionwithRedHatsaward-winningcommercialsupport,certifiedecosystemofhardwareandapplicationvendorsandleadershipindeliveringtrustedopensourcecloudsfororganizationsworldwiderequiringenterprise-gradesolutionsandsupport.

 

OpenStackisanopensourceframeworkforbuildingprivateandpublicIaaScloudsthatcomplementsRedHat’sportfolioofopensourcecloudsolutions.Thecoresoftwareprojectsprovidecompute,storageandnetworkingmanagementservices,withasharedidentityserviceanddashboard.RedHathaslongbeencontributingtoOpenStackandhassteadilyincreaseditsparticipationandcontributionsovertime.AttheOpenStackSummit2012inApril,itwasrecognizedthatRedHatisthethirdoverallcontributortoOpenStack.InApril2012,incooperationwithotherindustryleaders,RedHatalsoannounceditsintentiontosupporttheOpenStackFoundation,thegoverningbodyformaintainingtheOpenStackproject,asaPlatinumMember.

 

The OpenStackprojecthasquicklydevelopedintoanopensourcesolutioncapableofprovidingorganizationswithperformance,featuresandfunctionalityfortheirprivateandpublicclouds.TheannouncementoftheforthcomingOpenStackFoundationacceleratedthisdevelopment,aswellashighlightedtheneedforcommercialsupportabilitytoaccelerateenterpriseadoption.WiththispreviewreleaseofRedHatsOpenStackdistribution,RedHatdeliversonthenextstepinitscommitmenttodeliveratrustedenterprisedistributionofOpenStack,leveragingitslongtrackrecordofprovidingsupportedcommercial-gradeopensourceproducts. RedHatsOpenStackdistributionwillfurtherextendandcomplementthecompanysopenhybridcloudportfolio,whichtodayincludesRedHatEnterpriseLinux,RedHatEnterpriseVirtualization,RedHatCloudFormsTM, RedHatStorageandRedHatOpenShiftTMPlatform-as-a-Service(PaaS).

 

Red HathasbeenworkingwithanearlygroupofcustomerswhohavebeenstrongadvocatesforacommercialreleaseofOpenStackfromRedHat,andwhohavebeeninstrumentalinprovidingthefeedbackandtestingrequiredtobringthispreviewreleasetocompletion.ThecompanynowseekstoworkwithawidergroupofcustomerstofurtherdevelopRedHatsOpenStackdistributionanditsusagewithotherRedHatproducts.Inaddition,RedHatisworkingcloselywithkeypartnerssuchasRackspacetoprovidefullymanagedRedHatOpenStack-poweredcloudsinthefuture.

 

Customers whosignupforRedHatsOpenStackdistributionwillbeabletoprovidefeedbacktoRedHatsOpenStackteamandcollaboratewitheachotherthroughcommunitytoolsprovidedthroughthepreviewprogram.

 

Availability

TheunsupportedpublicpreviewversionofRedHatsOpenStackdistributionbasedonRedHatEnterpriseLinux6isavailablefordownloadimmediatelyathttp://www.redhat.com/tryopenstack.AfullysupportedreleaseforRedHatcustomersisexpectedtobedeliveredin2013.

 

SupportingQuotes

BrianStevens,CTOandvicepresident,WorldwideEngineering,RedHat

ThroughourexpandinginvolvementwithOpenStack,weveseenathrivingcommunitydevelopandareexcitedinreachingthismilestonealongthewaytodeliveringanenterprise-classproductbasedonthisopencloudtechnology.OurcurrentproductizationeffortsarefocusedaroundhardeninganintegratedsolutionofRedHatEnterpriseLinuxandOpenStacktodeliveranenterprise-readysolutionthatenablesenterprisesworldwidetorealizeinfrastructureclouds. WeinviteOpenStackenthusiastsandenterprisesinterestedinthetechnologytodownloadourpreviewandprovidefeedbacktohelpusacceleratethedeliveryofastableOpenStackenterpriseplatformfortheindustry.

 

LewTucker,chieftechnologyofficerforcloudcomputing,Cisco
Ciscobelievesstronglythatdeployingcloudplatformsneedstobemadeeasier,openandaccessible.JustasCiscocollaborateswithmanypartnerswithintheOpenStackcommunity,weseeRedHat’spreviewreleaseofitsenterprise-readyOpenStackdistributionasanimportantstepinthisdirection.

 

JohnIgoe,executivedirectorofopensourcecloudandbigdatasolutions, Dell
DellhasmadeacommitmenttotheOpenStackprojectasbothasponsorandanadopterofOpenStackcloudsolutions,andour collaboration withRedHatandthesolutionsthatITenablesisanimportantpieceofthatcommitment.Asthedatacentermovestothecloud,opensourcesoftwareandstandards-basedhardwareareessentialtomigrateIToperationstothecloud.BycombiningOpenStacksenterprise-leadingcloudsoftwaresolutionwithDellPowerEdgeCserversandDellsoftwareincludingCrowbar,enterprise-leadingcloudserverscustomerscanaccelerateandembracemovementtothecloud.

 

BillyCox,director,IntelCloudStrategy

AsanearlyadopterofOpenStackandakeyproponentofopensource,IntelwelcomestheleadershipofRedHattohelpevolvethisopensourceprojectintoarobustcloudoperatingsystem.Ourlong-standingcollaborationwithleadingcompanieslikeRedHathelpmakeenterpriseLinuxandopensourcevirtualizationsuccessful.IntellooksforwardtoworkingwiththeOpenStackcommunityandRedHattohelpenterprisesdeployopen,trustedclouds.

 

JimCurry,generalmanagerofRackspacePrivateCloudBusiness

As foundersofOpenStack,RackspaceisexcitedtoseeRedHatimplementingtheOpenStacktechnologyinitsproductofferingsanddeliveringthosesolutionstoitscustomers.RedHatisapioneerintheopensourcesoftwarespaceandwelookforwardtoworkingwiththemonourprivatecloudofferingsandmanagedservicesintheverynearfuture.

 

AboutRedHat,Inc.
Red
Hatistheworld’sleadingproviderofopensourcesoftwaresolutions,usingacommunity-poweredapproachtoreliableandhigh-performingcloud,Linux,middleware,storageandvirtualizationtechnologies.RedHatalsooffersaward-winningsupport,training,andconsultingservices.Astheconnectivehubinaglobalnetworkofenterprises,partners,andopensourcecommunities,RedHathelpscreaterelevant,innovativetechnologiesthatliberateresourcesforgrowthandpreparecustomersforthefutureofIT.Learnmoreathttp://www.redhat.com.

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