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Red Hat Upgrades Cloud Infrastructure Offerings to Deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision
[January 22, 2014]

Red Hat Upgrades Cloud Infrastructure Offerings to Deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision

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Red Hat (News - Alert), Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced updates to its OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure offering, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 gives enterprises an on-ramp to a highly scalable, public cloud-like infrastructure based on OpenStack while providing infrastructure and cost efficiency. The new version of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure features tighter integration between its virtualization, cloud and platform components, enabling users to reduce image inconsistencies and duplications by only creating a single set of virtual images.

As an ongoing effort to meet growing business demands, enterprises are quickly realizing the benefits of a cloud infrastructure, in addition to leveraging their existing data center investments. Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 provides organizations with a comprehensive Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform that bridges operations over existing traditional virtualization environments, as well as new private and public cloud resources. It offers an alternative traditional virtualization solution based on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for traditional workloads, as well as a tightly integrated OpenStack cloud framework with the world's most trusted Linux operating environment, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Finally, it also includes Red Hat CloudForms, a heterogeneous management tool to unify operations for multiple hypervisor environments and cloud technologies, enabling enterprises to deploy traditional and elastic workloads to the private cloud, public cloud, and the datacenter as one cohesive environment. An integrated open private cloud stack is a first step toward building an open hybrid cloud, and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 provides organizations this comprehensive cloud infrastructure as a single-subscription offering.

Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure also includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, which provides enterprises the stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, backed by Red Hat's trusted leadership in open source and the OpenStack community. Engineered with Red Hat-hardened OpenStack Havana code, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor built on Kernel-based Virtual Machine, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 provides the underlying support enterprises need to meet their unique private cloud needs and was recently named "IaaS/PaaS Product of the Year" by IDG publication TechWorld.

The updates to Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure come at a time when Red Hat has refreshed its portfolio of Cloud Infrastructure offerings to continue delivering on its open hybrid cloud vision. In December 2013, Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0, and along with today's announcement on Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3. The combined strength of these upgraded virtualization and cloud infrastructure offerings provide a highly secure, full-featured virtualization solution fully equipped to manage heterogeneous cloud environments across Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, VMware vSphere, and Microsoft (News - Alert) Hyper-V. The virtualization layer also offers access to more sophisticated networking through integration with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies.

In addition to cloud management, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure offers a compelling infrastructure for cloud-enabled applications in a variety of environments with the combination of Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 with discovery, chargeback, self-service provisioning, and more. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linu OpenStack Platform share networking and image library services through Neutron and Glance, respectively, so users can create, edit, and run OpenStack images from one storage repository. In addition to saving on storage hardware costs, a single set of images reduces inconsistencies, streamlines compliance with security regulations, and decreases inefficient rounds of auditing.


Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 is available immediately to existing customers through their Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure subscription, and to new customers by contacting Red Hat sales.

Virtual Event

Red Hat's general manager of Virtualization and OpenStack, Radhesh Balakrishnan, will host a live webcast, to discuss Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure's advancements at 11:00 a.m. ET on Jan. 22, 2014. Following remarks, press and analysts are invited to participate in a question and answer session. The virtual event will also include six sessions to give attendees a product overview of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Storage Server.

To join the webcast or view the replay after the event, visit

Supporting Quotes

Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, virtualization, Red Hat

"Red Hat is excited about the updated offerings to meet the datacenter virtualization and elastic cloud needs of customers structuring their journey to an open hybrid cloud. These offerings are engineered to help build a more productive and efficient open private cloud and provide a more reliable infrastructure for IT and cloud operators. Now backed by the worlds largest OpenStack partner ecosystem, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure helps IT to bridge datacenter infrastructure silos and more effectively meet user needs."

Jimmy Pike, Vice President, senior fellow and chief architect, Dell (News - Alert) Enterprise Solutions Group

"Initial customer enthusiasm for Dell and Red Hat's joint engineering agreement for OpenStack has been positive and we are encouraged by the conversations and response. The combination of Dell's enterprise experience and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure's customer base offers compelling value for businesses who wish to combine private cloud and datacenter resources to match the pace of business needs." - Jimmy Pike, Vice President, Senior Fellow and Chief Architect, Dell Enterprise Solutions Group.

Ram Peddibhotla, director of Planning, Software & Services Group, Intel (News - Alert)

"With the updates to Red Had Cloud Infrastructure, Intel looks forward to continuing its longstanding relationship with Red Hat to help more enterprises to see the full potential of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform running on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers. Red Hat and Intel continue our long history of solving customer problems with OpenStack-powered offerings such as the On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack Program, accessible by all levels of users seeking to move from traditional datacenter virtualization to an OpenStack cloud."

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