That isn't slowing down Red Hat for one moment. Days before the OpenStack Summit, Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOP) 8, Together, Red Hat now offers a complete, integrated hybrid-cloud stack with a container application platform-as-a-service (PaaS), OpenShift; massively scalable IaaS, RHOP 8; and unified management tools, Red Hat CloudForms. Customers can either use these individually or as a single, easy-to-deploy cloud with Red Hat Cloud Suite.
Forming the backbone of Red Hat's hybrid cloud offerings is RHOP 8. This is based on the OpenStack Liberty release, which came out last fall. The latest OpenStack release, Mitaka, has been out for only days and it's not being deployed yet in commercial OpenStack distribution.
RHOP 8 integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with OpenStack technology to form a production-ready cloud platform. RHOP 8 now natively includes:
Automated upgrades and updates, easily upgrade major point releases and minor updates. A component of the RHOP director, it automatically performs the necessary system-wide updates to both the core OpenStack services, as well as the director tool itself, helping to deliver a healthy and stable OpenStack cloud while minimizing downtime.
Infrastructure and workload management included; use Red Hat CloudForms for lifecycle and operational management over OpenStack infrastructure and workloads. CloudForms can manage Linux and Windows workloads running on top of OpenStack, including lifecycle management, usage monitoring and reporting, multi-node orchestration, and governance and policy-based access control.
Software-defined storage. Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat's massively scalable, software-defined storage solution, is now included with Red Hat OpenStack Platform. This offers an initial 64 terabytes of highly flexible object and block storage that's big enough for most Big Data projects.
Using this for a foundation, Red Hat wants Red Hat Cloud Suite to give customers a one-stop private cloud solution. Besides RHOP 8, the Cloud Suite combines Red Hat's container application platform OpenShift Enterprise with a common management framework Red Hat CloudForms.
Additional Red Hat Cloud Suite products include:
A unified management experience, spanning operations and lifecycle management, self-service, and infrastructure monitoring. These powerful management tools provided by Red Hat Satellite cover rolling updates for deployment, configuration, patch, and subscription management. A new self-service catalog extends to cover the lifecycle, operation, and financial management of services that customers deploy.
Newly-added infrastructure monitoring with risk management and analytics -- proactively collecting infrastructure analytics that enable customers to manage technical risks before they impact operations. Red Hat Insights, a newly-released operations management service, provides these monitoring capabilities spanning Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and Red Hat Satellite.
Open, massively scalable, software-defined storage with the inclusion of Red Hat Ceph Storage as part of RHOP 8.
Put this all together and I see Red Hat taking a very familiar path. Like DEC and IBM before them, Red Hat wants to offer customers an all-in-one software stack for all their their needs. Since setting up a private cloud is never an easy-task, I suspect this approach will find many customers.
The only thing that's missing is a hardware partner. Or is it?