Red Hat and Boston University Announce Major Partnership to Advance Open Hybrid Cloud Research and Operations at Scale
Red Hat (News - Alert), Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and Boston University (BU), an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research, today announced an expanded collaboration to help fund education and research for open source projects, communities and hybrid cloud operations. To drive these efforts, Red Hat is donating software subscriptions, valued at $551.9 million, to BU while also announcing a renewed and expanded commitment of $20 million to support research and deepen collaboration under the Red Hat Collaboratory at BU.
As hybrid cloud operations at scale become a key focus for organizations across industries, Red Hat is committed to providing resources to help deliver the next generation of innovation. Combining Red Hat's vast knowledge in open source and hybrid cloud technologies with BU's leadership in combining research and technology to solve real-world industry challenges, this partnership lays a foundation to speed breakthroughs in cloud-based technologies and related open source projects, while building critical skills needed in the next wave of IT professionals.
Driving open source cloud innovation
With the subscription donation, researchers across multiple universities will be able to benefit from access to Red Hat's open hybrid cloud technologies, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Virtualization, and Red Hat Ceph Storage. This offers BU and its partners, including Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts and the other members of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), resources to make a greater impact on open cloud research. MGHPCC members will be able to deliver new cloud-based technologies more quickly and make existing services more efficient and accessible, helping to further research across a wider set of research fields, including computer science.
The subscriptions, which will be distributed over a three-year period, will also help grow a series of interrelated projects that form an open research cloud initiative, including the Mass Open Cloud (MOC); New England Research Cloud (NERC); Northeast Storage Exchange (NESE); Open Cloud Testbed (OCT); and Open Storage Network (OSN). The growth of these projects will help advance research in computing and artificial intelligence operations (AIOps), creating a regional center of excellence in cloud research. This also provides a stable and accessible space for open source communities to develop operational knowledge around cloud infrastructure.
Already, these projects have had significant impact, including:
In 2017, Red Hat announced a collaborative research and education agreement with BU, now known as the Red Hat Collaboratory, to advance research and education in open source and emerging technologies, including cloud computing, machine learning, automation and big data. With today's announcement, Red Hat is expanding this grant to total $20 million over five years.
Hosted within the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering at Boston University, the Red Hat Collaboratory is dedicated to leading integrated initiatives in research, education and technology development targeting all layers of the cloud computing ecosystem. This extended agreement includes plans to:
Dr. Robert A. Brown, President, Boston University
Paul Cormier, president and CEO, Red Hat
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