Red Hat unveils cloud, virtualisation products

The new Cloud Foundations line-up packages tools for businesses that want to get to grips with the cloud, while RHEV 2.2 marries server and desktop virtualisation

Red Hat has introduced Cloud Foundations, a family of packaged tools for businesses that want to accelerate moving their applications to public and private clouds.

Each Cloud Foundations package will bring together products, implementation guides, reference architectures and consulting services, the Linux specialist said in its launch announcement at on Wednesday at the Red Hat Summit in Boston.

The first edition of Red Hat Cloud Foundations, available immediately, is aimed at companies that want to set up private clouds. The products in the bundle are Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Red Hat Network Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation (RHEV), JBoss Enterprise Middleware and Red Hat Enterprise MRG Grid.

Alongside the launch, Red Hat unveiled its plans to provide a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) blueprint that will help companies create applications for the cloud.

"Red Hat's PaaS roadmap describes a comprehensive solution that enables users to build and deploy applications within cloud environments while bridging their on-premise application environments. It will be based upon the comprehensive JBoss Enterprise Middleware product line and become part of the Red Hat Cloud Foundations family of solutions," the company said in a statement.

The software provider is targeting organisations that use Linux, Java and JBoss for its PaaS push. The PaaS roadmap for developers will be based on JBoss Open Choice, and it will support Java, Ruby on Rails and other languages and scripting environments, Red Hat said.

In addition, Red Hat said it will provide new RHEL tools for developers, distributed exclusively through its Certified Cloud Providers. These are cloud service vendors, such as Amazon Web Services, that Red Hat has validated as partners. On Wednesday, the company added IBM, NTT Communications and Savvis to the programme.

Also at the Red Hat Summit, the open-source software provider launched Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2. The virtualisation products package includes the first release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation for Desktops, as well as new scalability features, migration tools, and security and performance tweaks.

The update brings together the vendor's server and desktop virtualisation products, as its predecessor, RHEV 2.1, included Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation for Servers on its release in November 2009.

RHEV 2.2 provides, for the first time, support for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The technology, which uses the multimedia-enabled Spice protocol, allows users to manage Windows and Linux virtual machines from a central console. In addition, it has a new 'V2V' tool for converting VMware or Xen virtual machines to work within Red Hat's virtualisation environment. The updated software also draws on Open Virtualization Format (OVF) to allow users to import and export virtual machine images.

Red Hat said that it has integrated Cisco Virtual Network Link (VN-Link) with its software. "With... Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2, customers can utilise the Cisco Unified Computing System and the Virtual Interface Card to drive virtualisation efficiency through Cisco's extended memory and I/O virtualisation technology," said Ed Bugnion, chief technology officer for Cisco's server access and virtualisation business.