Red Hat’s cloud triple play

Yes, Red Hat is The Linux Company. But, what it wants to become is The Business Cloud Company.

Don’t believe me? Just consider the news of the last few weeks.

First, the Linux giant released Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOP) 10. This long-term support release is built on top of OpenStack Newton. This is the latest version of OpenStack.

Besides an easy-to-use graphical user interface, this release also includes the following features:

  • Improved flexibility and scalability by introducing customizable services and administration roles using RHOP director. Cloud operators can now control their environment at a more granular level by customizing OpenStack services to run and scale independently of each other. This offers greater flexibility when deploying services to match individual organizations’ unique workload requirements.
  • Greater data assurance through new security-related enhancements, such as improved high availability (HA) for large-scale deployments. Optional object-storage encryption and ephemeral security tokens can improve security measures and lower risk of data access due to theft.
  • Improved performance for network-intensive workloads through the new data plane developer kit (DPDK) component of Open vSwitch, and single-root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV). This enables cloud administrators to choose between centralized routing or distributed routing (DVR).
  • A new “ready state” hardware certification program, based on OpenStack Ironic. While Red Hat already supports certified hardware plug-ins for several OpenStack components, the new program expands the hardware options for automated bare-metal configuration. Dell EMC is the first Red Hat partner to be certified for RHOP 10 ready-state, with more coming soon.

RHOP 10 also introduces distributed continuous integration (DCI) to key partners. These include Dell EMC, NEC and Rackspace. This collaborative approach to testing can help partners more effectively prepare for new RHOP releases.

Thinking of integration, Red Hat follow this news up with announcing the release of its hybrid cloud management program, Red Hat CloudForms 4.2. This program, based on the open-source ManageIQ project, is a management platform for physical, virtual and cloud IT environments, including Linux containers.

Besides supporting OpenStack, CloudForms also can be used with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services (AWS). In short, it strives to be a universal management program for all clouds. First, and foremost, however, it works hand-in-glove with RHOP.

Finally, Red Hat released RHEL 6.9. Yes, it’s a new version of Linux, but the real news is that it enables customers to migrate their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 workloads into container-based applications. These can then be deployed RHEL 7, RHEL Atomic Host and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Let me simplify Red Hat’s triple-play announcement for you. Cloud, cloud and, oh yes, cloud. Or, with more detail, open-source cloud, hybrid cloud management and cloud/container-centric operating system.

Of course, Red Hat isn’t the only company with the goal of being The Corporate Cloud company. Microsoft with Azure clearly has this target in mind as well. Sound familiar? The old battle of open-source versus proprietary may yet live on in the cloud.

May the best cloud win!


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