You know Red Hat as the world's leading Linux company. Fair enough. What Red Hat wants to be known as these days is the world's leading private cloud company. To make that happen, Red Hat has embraced the open-source OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud.
Red Hat's plan has run into some difficulty. Canonical's Ubuntu is the leading OpenStack cloud operating system. Other top technology companies, such as IBM, are also throwing their hats into the OpenStack ring, while new dedicated OpenStack companies, such as Mirantis, are making inroads.
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:
Red Hat is also trying hard with this release to gain telecom company customers. Telecommunications companies, which now come to 10 percent of all OpenStack production deployments, are rapidly adopting OpenStack. RHOP 8 adds several new and critical tech preview features focused on improving network virtualization functions. With this release there is more assured predictable latency with real-time KVM; improved network I/O performance with Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) accelerated Open vSwitch; and an OpenDaylight software-defined network (SDN) plugin.
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:
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?
On the same day Red Hat announced RHOP 8, Dell announced that it was releasing its own RHOP 8 integrated open cloud solution: Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Version 5.0. This features:
Red Hat and Dell face strong private cloud competition, but with these moves they show they plan on winning.