Red Hat Says New Open Source Collaboration With Eurotech Reinforces “Partner First Approach” to IoT

Red Hat said that its recently-announced collaboration with Eurotech, which targets the management of IoT edge devices, will help partners hoping to delve into IoT by providing a ’strong, open foundation for IoT implementations.’

’Red Hat believes that no single organization can succeed in delivering an IoT solution on their own and building an IoT partner ecosystem is critical. A s a result, Red Hat is taking a partner-first approach to IoT. We are focused on delivering enterprise-class reference architectures with our partners, and we are seeing strong demand for these holistic solutions,’ said Chris Gray, director of Internet of Things, Red Hat. ’The partnership with Eurotech extends this capability even further by providing a strong foundation for implementations that is equally attractive to both Information Technology and Line of Business owners.’

The deal, which focuses on the rollout of a new open source project called Eclipse Kapua, will address an array of requirements in IoT such as connectivity, configuration and application lifecyle.

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This project will offer IoT developers and partners an open platform for end-to-end IoT implementations, helping them to avoid costly, proprietary lock-in and boosts community-driven development.

Gray said Eurotech's expertise in operational technology, when combined with Red Hat's enterprise software technology and services, will provide the company’s partners with a blend of IT and OT capabilities when implementing IoT solutions.

Eurotech, an Italian Industrial-IoT focused company that partners with other big IoT-focused vendors like Intel, will provide its existing cloud integration platform technology, the Everyware Cloud IoT platform, to the project.

The company also announced the ReliaGATE 20-26 intelligent gateway earlier this week, which provides data and device management services for IoT deployments for thousands of devices, according to Eurotech. Intelligent gateways are a solution for scalability, latency and security in large-scale IoT implementations.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat, which specializes in open source software solutions, and Eurotech have collaborated before for a first phase project called Eclipse Kura, an open source framework for IoT.

’Open source is the foundational element of many modern IT innovations, from cloud computing to Linux containers, and the Internet of Things is no different,’ said Mark Enzweiler, senior vice president of Global Channel Sales and Alliances at Red Hat. ’By co-sponsoring Eclipse Kapua, we, along with... Eurotech, seek to build a flexible, stable base for future IoT innovation, a base powered by upstream communities and responsive to emerging needs around industrial IoT.’

As the Internet of Things market matures, more open source projects related to IoT are being developed or growing in the market- including Kaa, an IoT project licensed under Apache, and the open source IoT platform.

Red Hat and Eurotech will continue to develop and test code to integrate existing open source project integral to IoT solutions, according to Red Hat.