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November 3, 2014

Red Hat updates cloud infrastructure for OpenStack

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Version 5 adds Advanced Systems Management for OpenStack private clouds.

By Ben Sullivan

Red Hat has announced a new version of its infrastructure platform, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Version 5, which allows users to now manage their virtualisation and OpenStack environments simultaneously via a single platform.

With the introduction of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure Version 5, a single subscription now includes Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation.

VP of cloud management at Red Hat, Joe Fitzgerald, said that hybrid environments are a reality of today’s IT organisations.

"Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure acknowledges that reality, and by bringing software lifecycle and configuration management capabilities that span physical, virtual and cloud systems to users via the addition of Red Hat Satellite, we’re helping to establish Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure as one of the most comprehensive and premier cloud infrastructure solutions for enterprises," said Fitzgerald.

IT organisations are in the midst of a shift from traditional virtualisation to more cloud-enabled architectures, and charting the course to move application workloads from one architecture to another while maintaining manageability and policies across discrete platforms.

Red Hat says that its Cloud Infrastructure is designed to address this need and enables organisations to build and manage a private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) based upon datacenter virtualisation and management technologies for traditional workloads, while providing an on-ramp to a highly scalable public-cloud-like infrastructure based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

Cloud research manager at IDC, Gary Chen, said: "As more organisations continue to deploy traditional enterprise workloads and adopt new cloud native applications, it can be a challenge to blend the two environments and support the dynamics of both workload types. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure’s varied capabilities enables users to create their own blend of cloud resources at their own pace, with a management system spanning resources for workloads across virtualised, private cloud, and public cloud environments."

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