Cisco, Red Hat Team Up On Integrated Infrastructure For OpenStack-Based Clouds


Cisco and Red Hat are tightening their ties once again.

The two companies unveiled Thursday an extended partnership through which they will deliver a new converged infrastructure solution for OpenStack-based cloud deployments.

The expanded alliance, revealed by Cisco at its Unified Computing System (UCS) launch event in New York, is centered on a new product called Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO). 

The platform combines Cisco's UCS, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software-defined networking solution, and the Red Hat OpenStack distribution.

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Cisco said the aim of the integrated platform is to serve as an on-ramp for customers looking to deploy OpenStack-based private clouds or Cisco's Intercloud hybrid cloud services.

"When we got into this conversation [with Red Hat], we knew of two key components that we felt were really important: our ACI, and how that actually could [be factored] in, and then Cisco's Intercloud strategy," said Jim McHugh, vice president of UCS marketing at Cisco.

The new UCSO platform is available as three offerings. The first is a Starter Edition that Cisco said enables "quick and easy" installation for enterprise private clouds. The Starter Edition is slated for availability in November.

Next is the UCSO Advanced Edition, a flavor of the platform designed for the deployment and operation of large-scale private clouds. The third offering is an Advanced ACI Edition, which is focused on cloud deployments that leverage Cisco's ACI infrastructure.

The Advanced Edition and Advanced ACI Editions of UCSO will be delivered as "rolling releases" throughout the course of next year, Cisco said. 

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