Enterprise IT is constantly evolving, and is driven to innovate with emerging technologies and processes. Open source has the capability to meet future enterprise IT requirements, and this has led many enterprises to take a look at these technologies. A survey by Black Duck Software in 2014 showed more than 50% of all enterprises surveyed are expected to contribute to and adopt open source.
More than 50% of all enterprises surveyed are expected to contribute to and adopt open source.
The need for open enterprise cloud
Modern IT operations depend on a strong underlying infrastructure, especially in enterprise environments where high capacity and performance are essential. An open enterprise cloud can enable organizations to meet these future IT needs, as the platform can be tailored to meet the exact requirements of an organization - regardless of size. Taking an open source approach when building a cloud means working with open source communities, customers, and an extended ecosystem of open source software and hardware vendors, whom together can deliver reliable and enterprise-ready cloud solutions.
"We want to show customers that open is better. We are bringing customers the tools they need to build their infrastructure from the ground up with open source, enabling amazing flexibility and choice," explained Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat, in a recent blog post.
"We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud, and that's why Red Hat is going to continue to push. We're going to continue to grow our capabilities in OpenStack, OpenShift and CloudForms."
The shift from client-server to cloud-mobile
The technology industry is currently in the midst of a shift from client-server to cloud-mobile - a significant change that occurs very rarely, but one that Red Hat is embracing. "We're staring at a huge opportunity - the chance to become the leader in enterprise cloud, much like we are the leader in enterprise open source. The competition is fierce, and companies will have several choices for their cloud needs," Whitehurst explained.
In Asia Pacific, mobility and cloud are also top enterprise priorities, presenting opportunities organizations can tap with the use of open source. Countries like Malaysia and Singapore are taking advantage of open source cloud solutions for projects such as YTL Communications' cloud platform for nation-wide e-learning in schools.
Enterprises now have the opportunity to establish open source as the default infrastructure for the next era of IT, with potential for greater innovation, business agility and long-term cost-savings.
Driving OpenStack cloud initiatives
An open, hybrid cloud presents a scalable IT infrastructure for businesses, especially with cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) frameworks such as OpenStack. These new cloud technologies offer new opportunities for enterprises to tap on the benefits of cloud to meet their business demands.
Industry partners such as Red Hat and Intel can help organizations reap the benefits of enterprise-grade, OpenStack-based clouds through collaborative efforts to certify and support these open cloud solutions. This will help establish OpenStack as an enterprise-ready solution that can be delivered to customers, securely and reliably.
To date, Red Hat and Intel have received positive feedback on jointly presented OpenStack workshops, a program educating IT professionals on the benefits and capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform running on Intel® Architecture.
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