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Red Hat will offer a complete cloud platform package starting next month, incorporating the vendor's Linux operating system, virtualization technology and hybrid cloud management tools.
The new Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure package will compete directly with VMware's vCloud Suite, further ratcheting up the competition between the two software vendors. Red Hat already offers its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization software that goes head-to-head with VMware's flagship vSphere virtualization product.
Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure will incorporate Red Hat Enterprise OpenStack Platform, the vendor's long-awaited commercial release of the OpenStack open-source cloud infrastructure software.
Red Hat's OpenStack and cloud infrastructure offerings will both be generally available in July.
"Open source [technology] has really gone mainstream and driven the innovation of the cloud technologies that you see today," said Paul Cormier, Red Hat president of products and technologies, in a press conference Wednesday at the Red Hat Summit conference in Boston. "We're now taking that to the next level."
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform combines the vendor's distribution of the Linux operating system with its distribution of OpenStack. The platform will be sold as a single subscription offering. With the platform, Red Hat customers and partners can develop and deploy OpenStack for production purposes, allowing them to focus on adding value through services, applications and customizations.
Cormier said the pairing of Linux and OpenStack mirrors what's happening in the marketplace. "OpenStack and Linux are starting to intertwine together in terms of features that are dependent on each other," he said.
The OpenStack package will make it possible to run applications in a consistent fashion across on-premise systems, virtual machines and cloud platforms, Cormier said.
The new Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure package allows businesses and solution providers to build and manage an infrastructure-as-a-service private cloud. Also sold as a single-subscription bundle, the software package includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, Red Hat Virtualization, Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat CloudForms -- the latter a hybrid cloud management system that incorporates technology Red Hat acquired when it bought ManageIQ in December.
With the Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure package IT executives can better manage cloud environments with the package's IT process orchestration, governance and compliance, metering and chargeback, monitoring and alerting capabilities.